Announcement:5 April 2020
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:21 August 2021 by Randall K. Bennett
Site:5.8 acres | 2.3 hectares
Architectural Features:Single attached central spire
Total Floor Area:29,785 square feet | 9,078 square meters
"Brothers and sisters, I know you will make this temple, and more importantly Jesus Christ, the center of your lives," said Elder Randall K. Bennett of the Quorum of the Seventy who presided at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple on Saturday, August 21, 2021. The 32,000-square-foot temple will be constructed on a 5.8-acre site at 2093 Powell Road in Pennsylvania’s Cranberry Township behind the stake center for the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania North Stake. In his dedicatory prayer, Elder Bennett prayed, "Please let today’s groundbreaking also be a day of emotional and spiritual building in our own lives and families."1
The Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple will be a single-story temple of approximately 32,000 square feet with a center spire. It will stand behind an existing stake center.
On January 19, 2021, an official exterior rendering of the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple was released.
On January 19, 2021, the location of the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple was announced as a 5.8-acre site at 2093 Powell Road in Cranberry Township behind the stake center for the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania North Stake. The temple will stand north of Pittsburgh not far from the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76), providing good access to members living throughout the region.2
The second largest city in Pennsylvania will be home to the second temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Pennsylvania, as announced by President Russell M. Nelson on April 5, 2020, at the Sunday afternoon session of General Conference. The Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple will serve thousands of members in Western Pennsylvania, Northeast Ohio, and Northern West Virginia who currently participate in temple worship at the Columbus Ohio Temple and Washington D.C. Temple. The are more than 100,000 Latter-day Saints in Pennsylvania where the Church enjoys a rich heritage. Joseph Smith translated most of the Book of Mormon in Oakland Township, Pennsylvania. John the Baptist appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in a nearby forest and restored the Aaronic Priesthood. Joseph and Oliver also baptized each other in the Susquehanna River.3
The Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple will be the second temple built in Pennsylvania, following the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple (2016).
- "Groundbreaking Held for Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 21 Aug. 2021.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Location and Rendering Released for Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple," 19 Jan. 2021
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Prophet Announces Eight New Temples at General Conference," 5 Apr. 2020.