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New Pavement Around the Richmond Virginia Temple Site

Paving has wrapped up on Mountain Road where the main driveway entrance to the Richmond Virginia Temple site is located. The fresh asphalt and striping stands in beautiful contrast to the light stone cladding of the temple. Irrigation lines are being installed in the garden spaces next to the temple, and trees continue to be planted around the meetinghouse.

Landscaping Update on the Richmond Virginia Temple

Young cherry trees are being planted in the parking lot islands around the Richmond Virginia Temple and the adjoining meetinghouse while topsoil is being added to the planters that anchor the entrance plaza. More walkways are being poured immediately around the temple, and lamp posts are being wired to light the grounds. Railing posts have been inserted into the retaining wall structure toward the rear of the building.

Coping Stones Placed at the Richmond Virginia Temple

While stone masons place the final capstones along the parapet walls of the Richmond Virginia Temple, coping stones are being set on top of the walls that comprise the entrance plaza on the ground below. Behind the temple, a wide curved planter, following the curve of the surrounding parking lot, has been installed where flowers can be planted to beautify the east end of the temple and grounds.

Driveway Entrance to the Richmond Virginia Temple Completed

Hardscaping has been completed for the north access road to the Richmond Virginia Temple. The curved driveway is located off Mountain Road directly across from Mountain Spring Terrace. An oval-shaped flowerbed sits behind the concrete apron, separating the entrance and exit sides of the road. Stone cladding of the temple is in the final stages, and progress continues on the entrance plaza.

Cladding the Steeple Pedestal of the Richmond Virginia Temple

Cladding of the triangular pediment that sits over the portico of the Richmond Virginia Temple is nearly finished, and work has begun around the steeple pedestal. Only a few sections on the upper west walls remain to be clad before the stonework is complete. A large stand of trees is being preserved on the north side of the building while the rest of the grounds is planted with new trees and foliage.

Inscription Stones Installed at the Richmond Virginia Temple

Cladding of the entablature that rests on top of the portico columns at the main entrance to the Richmond Virginia Temple has been completed, including the panels that are inscribed with the sacred words Holiness to the Lord – The House of the Lord. Construction of the temple has been underway for 21 months. The two-year anniversary of the groundbreaking will be reached on April 11.

Richmond Virginia Temple: A Monument to the Lord

The Richmond Virginia Temple continues to be constructed as an enduring monument to the Lord. Cladding of the architrave that sits atop the capitals of the portico columns has been completed. It will be followed by cladding of the frieze where the Holiness to the Lord inscription will be located, proclaiming the sacred structure as the House of the Lord.

Cladding of the Richmond Virginia Temple Portico Columns Completed

Cladding of the four columns at the entrance to the Richmond Virginia Temple has been completed, and hanging brackets are being attached to the pediment and the upper west walls. Staples Mill Road has been expanded to accommodate a turning lane for the temple complex. The shared parking works well for the temple and meetinghouse since they operate on largely nonconflicting schedules.

Richmond Virginia Temple Portico Columns

The steel poles that support the pediment over the entrance to the Richmond Virginia Temple are being clad in rounded stone panels to form the beautiful columns of the building's classical portico. On the south side of the temple, white decorative lintel stones have been installed over the windows, matching the white body of the steeple. Richmond is among the oldest cities in America. It was named after the English town of Richmond, which is now part of London.

Cladding the Front Facade of the Richmond Virginia Temple

Stone cladding of the Richmond Virginia Temple has reached the richly ornamented front facade of the building including the round pillars that will form the portico. The other three sides of the temple and the mechanical level have already been faced in stone, leaving only the west face and steeple. The exteriors of the meetinghouse and grounds building have been completed, and the parking surfaces have been paved.

Exquisite Stonework on the Richmond Virginia Temple

The exquisite detail of the stone cladding being installed on the Richmond Virginia Temple can be seen in recent photographs. Cladding is reaching the top of the mechanical level at the rear and has not yet begun on the front facade. The parking lots have been paved around the temple and meetinghouse, providing better staging areas for the crews. The temple is the first to be constructed in the state of Virginia.

Stonework Reaches Mechanical Level of Richmond Virginia Temple

Stone cladding of the Richmond Virginia Temple has reached the upper sections of the structure including the parapet walls and mechanical level. The rear side of the temple is breathtaking with its precisely cut stone and recently installed window frames. Brick laying has been completed on the meetinghouse, and an aggregate layer has been put down where the meetinghouse parking lot will go.

Glen Allen's Most Beautiful Intersection

For members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints living in the Richmond metropolitan area, the most beautiful intersection in the region may very well be Staple Mills Road and Mountain Road in Glen Allen. The Richmond Virginia Temple sits on the east side of the intersection on a gentle rise fit for a House of the Lord. Stone cladding of the temple has progressed to the mechanical level, and brickwork on the stake center is nearly completed.

Cladding to Begin on Front Side of Richmond Virginia Temple

The main body of the Richmond Virginia Temple has been clad on three sides, leaving the front, parapets, and steeple to be completed. The temple design was inspired by American Federal architecture, which flourished in the newly founded United States from roughly 1780 to 1840. Richmond became the state capital of Virginia in 1780 under the governorship of Thomas Jefferson, who later become the third president of the United States.

Cladding Progress at the Richmond Virginia Temple

Cladding of the main body of the Richmond Virginia Temple is nearing completion on three sides with work currently underway on the north face. Brick laying is advancing concurrently on the adjacent stake center. Window frames and temporary glass have been installed in the temple where interior work is making strides. The temple is located north of Richmond in the community of Glen Allen, near the junction of Interstate 295 and Highway 33.

Turning a Corner at the Richmond Virginia Temple

Stone cladding of the Richmond Virginia Temple is progressing to the north side of the building, having started on the south and then wrapped around to the east. The east side stonework features pilasters on either side of the Celestial Room and baptistry windows. Brickwork on the grounds building and mechanical enclosure that stand behind the temple is nearly finished.

East Side Cladding of the Richmond Virginia Temple

Stone cladding of the Richmond Virginia Temple is wrapping up on the south side and wrapping around the corner to the east (rear) side. The exterior walls are built in layers starting with the steel frame; once the sheathing and insulation layers are in place, a final board is affixed to attach the clip and rail system for hanging the stone panels. At the center of the east side are the window openings for the baptistry (main level) and Celestial Room (second level), which is topped with a dome for the chandelier.

Richmond Virginia Temple Exterior Advancements

Stone cladding along the south side of the Richmond Virginia Temple has nearly reached the top of the wall. Green insulation blocks have been attached to the body of the temple, and a blue moisture barrier is following closely behind. The majestic building, which was recently capped with a gold-leafed angel Moroni, is a beautiful sight to behold. The Celestial Room dome on the rear bears a resemblance to the dome on Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, located about 60 miles (100 km) northwest of the temple.

Angel Moroni Added to the Richmond Virginia Temple

Just a day after the steeple was secured to the Richmond Virginia Temple, a fiberglass statue of the angel Moroni was attached to the top of the spire. Coated in gold leaf, the heralding figure beautifully reflects the light of the sun while calling to those who seek the light of the Son, Jesus Christ. The trumpeting angel is regarded as a symbol of the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ in these latter days.

Richmond Virginia Temple Steeple Installed

The beautifully proportioned steeple of the Richmond Virginia Temple was installed today, significantly adding to the height of the building. Cladding is making steady progress on the south side while framing has been completed for the grounds building that sits southeast of the temple near the meetinghouse. Plumbing, electrical, and HVAC are being roughed in for all of the buildings.

Assembling the Richmond Virginia Temple Steeple

On the north side of the Richmond Virginia Temple, the steeple is being assembled in a staging area. The pedestal for the steeple has been constructed on the west end of the building over the entrance. Framing is making steady progress inside of the temple, and cladding continues on the south side including the installation of hanging brackets where the stone panels are attached.

Stone Cladding Begins at the Richmond Virginia Temple

Stone cladding of the Richmond Virginia Temple has begun, beginning at the southeast corner and along the base of the south wall. Visibility of the temple has improved since the power lines that stood between the street and the temple property were buried several weeks ago. The meetinghouse and grounds building on site have been fully sheathed.

Sheathing of Richmond Virginia Temple Progressing

The south side of the Richmond Virginia Temple has been sheathed and insulated, and a good portion of the east and north sides have also been covered in sheathing boards. Behind the temple, a grounds building is under construction with the roof trusses now set in place. The meetinghouse roof has been covered with underlayment in preparation for shingling. The staging areas on site are maintained in a tidy manner.

Sheathing the Richmond Virginia Temple

The metal frame of the Richmond Virginia Temple is steadily being covered in bright green and blue as insulating sheathing is attached to the exterior and wrapped in a protective vapor barrier. The metal studs running between the windows will support ornamental pilasters while the entrance pediment will be supported by full columns. The wooden roof deck has been attached to the top of the adjacent stake center.

Stake Center Rising at the Richmond Virginia Temple Site

Wood framing for the stake center at the Richmond Virginia Temple site is making swift progress with the exterior walls and several interior walls in place. The roof trusses were recently delivered, which will soon be set in place across the top of the structure. Light-gauge steel framing continues for the temple, and sheathing has just begun. The bright green panels will soon cover the outside of the building, forming the exterior walls.

Framing Studs Attached to the Richmond Virginia Temple

With the heavy-gauge steel beams in place for the Richmond Virginia Temple, lighter-gauge steel studs are now being attached to the exterior to create the walls of the building, including the parapet that runs along the roofline. The floor slab has been poured for the adjoining meetinghouse and is curing under black tarps. The temple is located in a residential area of Henrico County filled with beautiful homes and estates.

Lights Added Inside the Richmond Virginia Temple Frame

Nighttime visibility has increased for construction workers at the Richmond Virginia Temple with the recent installation of temporary lighting inside the structural frame. The temple is oriented toward the corner of the property, creating a stunning view for motorists at the intersection of Staples Mill Road and Mountain Road. The temple and adjacent meetinghouse will be surrounded by a backdrop of trees.

Thanksgiving Weekend at the Richmond Virginia Temple

Even before the famous harvest feast at Plymouth Plantation in 1621, events of thanksgiving had become routine in settlements located in modern-day Virginia. For Virginian members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the construction of the Richmond Virginia Temple is a reason to give thanks this year. This photograph of the beautiful structural framing for the temple was taken Thanksgiving weekend.

Framing Continues for the Richmond Virginia Temple

More structural framing has been erected for the Richmond Virginia Temple including the front portico and the base for the tower. Buckets of painted rocks (3 inches or smaller) have been collected at the Welcome Center, located at 4151 Mountain Road, for placement under the foundation of the temple and other locations on site.

Steel Structure of the Richmond Virginia Temple

The rising structural frame for the Richmond Virginia Temple is a breathtaking sight under the setting sun and among the colorful fall leaves. The main body of the temple has been framed including the octagonal dome that rests on the rear side of the building over the space for the Celestial Room. The front side will support a soaring steeple and a pediment-topped portico.