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Photo:  Aaron Black

East Monument Sign Assembled at the St. George Utah Temple

The monument sign on the east side of the St. George Utah Temple has been assembled. Stone panels cover the concrete base while darker coping stones sit on top, coordinating with the textured face that is inscribed with the name of the Church and the name of the temple. The seams will be filled before the sign is considered complete. While renovations of the temple continue, a second temple is under construction on the east side of the city—the Red Cliffs Utah Temple.
Photo:  Pam Burt

Debris Netting Removed from the St. George Utah Temple

The black debris net that has covered the west addition of the St. George Utah Temple since early August has now been removed. The newly completed walls perfectly match the architectural design of the original building including the battlements, the buttresses, and the fenestration. Several areas on the interior have been completed, and work is progressing on finishing the west addition interior.
Photo:  Tondrea Jackson

Pouring Walkways Behind the St. George Utah Temple

Architectural finishes have been applied to the now-white walls of the west extension to the St. George Utah Temple. They are visible through the black debris net that hangs over the back of the building. Curved walkways have been poured on the west end of the property, and dozens of crated trees await planting. East of the temple, the basin for the tiered fountain has been faced in stone, and the interior has been tiled in blue.
Photo:  Julia Corry

Parapet Poured for the St. George Utah Temple Addition

Concrete posts have been poured for the parapet on top of the west addition of the St. George Utah Temple. The parapet will feature the same iconic battlements that give the historic temple its castlelike appearance as a fortress for the King of Kings. "The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower" (Psalm 18:2).
Photo:  Tondrea Jackson

Installing Windows in the West Addition of the St. George Utah Temple

With the concrete walls completed for the west addition of the St. George Utah Temple, window installation has begun. One of the two largest window groups was recently installed, greatly beautifying the addition and initiating the process of enclosing the structure. No roof has been installed, and several more windows have yet to be added. This will allow interior work to begin on the addition.
Photo:  Gailen N Janet Call

St. George Utah Temple Grounds Coming to Life

A stunning aerial view of the St. George Utah Temple shows the abundant life being breathed back into the temple grounds. The north plaza is a gorgeous outdoor extension of the north addition (or annex) where patrons will enter and exit the temple. The east plaza serves as a gathering area for visitors at the historic front of the temple. Garden fountains with beautifully shaped basins have been installed on both plazas, which are lined with royal palm trees. Months of work remain ahead to convert the concrete west addition into a functioning, finished, and decorated portion of the renovated building.
Photo:  Tondrea Jackson

West Addition Walls Nearly Completed for the St. George Utah Temple

On the west end of the St. George Utah Temple, the structural walls for the new addition have topped out. Rebar is emerging from the concrete forms for the battlements that will ornament the roofline, coordinating with the originals. On the lower level of the addition, window installation is underway. Landscaping continues on the north and east sides of the temple including the planting of flowers. Red roses have returned to the grounds, and a wide variety of colorful flowers are filling the east plaza planters.
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A Glimpse Inside the Historic St. George Utah Temple Renovation

A Church news release issued today features interior footage of the historic St. George Utah Temple, which has been under renovation for well over two years. "This job demands perfection," says framing foreman Lorenzo Brieno. The painstaking reproduction of original woodwork will give patrons walking into the new north or west additions the feeling that they are in the historic temple.
Photo:  Pam Burt

Installing the Balustrade on the St. George Utah Temple Annex

Installation has begun on the balustrade that decorates the top of the low profile tower over the main entrance to the St. George Utah Temple, located on the north end of the annex. While construction continues on the west extension to the building, landscaping has made significant progress on the north and east sides. The east plaza has been beautified with red pavers, royal palm trees, hedges, and other plants. Irrigation lines have been installed for the central planter.
Photo:  Kurt Wilson Photography

An Overhead View of the St. George Utah Temple Site

Recent photographs of the St. George Utah Temple site give a bird's-eye view of the current construction activity. Landscaping continues on the north end where a beautiful entrance plaza is taking shape with a water feature, royal palms, and plentiful garden spaces. The windows in the annex have been masked to protect them from interior painting, and an elevator shaft is visible inside the growing west-end addition.
Photo:  Tondrea Jackson

West-End Addition Grows Taller on the St. George Utah Temple

Construction continues on the west-end extension to the St. George Utah Temple where the 1970s stair tower was removed nearly two years ago. Cutouts in the ground-level concrete show where windows and doors will be located. Forms have been set for the next pour. Fresh windows were recently installed in the upper center section on the east side, and work is progressing on the interior of the annex. The St. George Utah Temple served as the only temple in southwestern Utah for 140 years until the Cedar City Utah Temple was dedicated.
Photo:  Tondrea Jackson

West End Addition to the St. George Utah Temple Rising

Steel bars and concrete forms have been set for the lower walls of the west end addition to the St. George Utah Temple, following the remediation of groundwater issues. Dry wall has been hung in the north annex, and an ornamental fence has been installed around the entrance plaza. Landscaping is progressing all around the temple, including the north side between the annex and the main parking lot.
Photo:  David H. Konold

Inscription Added to the East Facade of the St. George Utah Temple

In the center arch of the tower that supports the steeple of the St. George Utah Temple, a sacred inscription has been added proclaiming Holiness to the Lord – The House of the Lord – Constructed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – 1871. The lettering and style of the words were inspired by the time in which the temple was constructed, fitting for this Pioneer-era temple.
Photo:  Pam Burt

Landscaping the Vacated Road North of the St. George Utah Temple

A stand of royal palm trees line the walkway leading to the new annex of the St. George Utah Temple where the main entrance is located. Landscaping plans for the north side of the building were modified when the City of St. George vacated its interest in the block of 400 S immediately north of the temple block. Concrete has been poured for sidewalks, driveways, lamp post bases, and an anchoring landscape structure. The foundation for the west end addition has settled, and rebar is set for the first section of wall.
Photo:  Kay N Dale Cherrington

Paving the Road in Front of the St. George Utah Temple

The road located east of the St. George Utah Temple, 300 East, is being paved with new asphalt and a wide concrete path that connects the temple grounds to the meetinghouse across the street where temple or visitors' center patrons may wish to park. Concrete has also been poured around the monument sign, creating a garden space and small plaza with safety bollards outside the gated entrance to the grounds.
Photo:  Tondrea Jackson

Footings Poured for the St. George Utah Temple Extension

At the west end of the St. George Utah Temple, a concrete foundation has been poured for an extension to the building that will replace the previously removed 1970s stair tower. The extension will house a grand staircase and two elevators for accessing each floor of the building. A sprinkler system is being installed on the east side for the garden spaces that will sit just outside the ornamental fence. Ornamental trees and rose bushes have also been planted. On the north side, street curbing is being poured for a greatly improved entrance experience from the parking lot.
Photo:  Roger Jameson

Repaving Around the St. George Utah Temple

The street that lies east of the St. George Utah Temple block—300 East—has been temporarily closed and the asphalt removed. The road will be repaved, creating a handsome transition between the temple and the rebuilt stake center across the street. Footings were recently poured for the addition on the west end of the temple, but groundwater problems are being remediated before construction continues. The temple was famously constructed on marshy ground due to the presence of underground spring water.
Photo:  Barbara Solt

Landscaping Progress at the St. George Utah Temple

The grounds of the St. George Utah Temple are looking more beautiful each day. Streaks of dark red have been added to the tree-lined walkways between the temple and visitors' center in the form of concrete pavers, and irrigation lines have been installed in the garden spaces. Other areas are seeing landscape boulders, mulch, trees, and shrubs added. Demolition has wrapped up inside the temple, and micropiles are being installed on the west end for the extension that will replace the former stair tower. The annex interior has been framed and a skylight installed.
Photo:  Pam Burt

Landscaping the St. George Utah Temple Grounds

Hard landscaping of the east plaza at the St. George Utah Temple is underway. Concrete walkways have been poured in front of the temple with an oval opening where a basin will sit to catch water from the tiered fountain. Just west of the visitors' center, trees have been planted along the new walkways that lead to the east plaza from 500 South. Most of the windows openings on the east side are currently uncovered, providing easy access for materials to reach the crew inside.
Photo:  Timothy Lofthouse

Scaffolding Removed from the St. George Utah Temple Tower

Scaffolding has come down from the steeple of the St. George Utah Temple, giving a better view of the recently installed black cupola. Crew members are forming the walkways and landscape structures that will surround the temple while others are digging up the road in front of the building to access utility runs underneath. Numerous trees have been delivered but not yet planted.
Photo:  Gabe Sperry

New Cupola Added to the St. George Utah Temple Steeple

A replacement cupola has been attached to the steeple of the St. George Utah Temple, topped with a ball and weather vane that mimics the former wind vane. The entire assembly is a shiny black with inconspicuous lighting attached around the rim of the dome. The dark coloring is a return to a more historic look for the temple, similar to its appearance in the early 1900s.
Photo:  Pam Burt

Cupola Removed from the St. George Utah Temple

The steeple of the St. George Utah Temple will be a little shorter for now with the recent removal of the familiar dome and weathervane that have sat at the highest point of the holy house for more than a century. The temporary absence of the cupola is part of an ongoing renovation of the temple and grounds. Construction continues on the new temple annex and a new visitors' center annex.
Photo:  Pam Burt

Base Installed for the St. George Utah Temple Monument Sign

The concrete base for the monument sign at the St. George Utah Temple has been poured and cured. The sign will sit next to the sidewalk in front of the east plaza, identifying the historic building to visitors and passers-by. Excavations and other preparations are being made on the rear (west) side of the temple for an extension that will replace the former stair tower and feature a grand staircase.
Photo:  Jason Foote

Windows Installed in St. George Utah Temple Annex

Construction of the north addition (or annex) to the St. George Utah Temple has made progress including the fitting of windows in the exterior walls and the installation of equipment on the mechanical level that runs down the center of the structure. On the west side of the annex, an enclosure has been built for additional mechanical equipment. The area immediately behind the temple has been excavated in preparation for the west addition that will replace the former stair tower.
Photo:  Joe Sutton

Making Headway on the St. George Utah Temple Renovation

A view of the east side of the St. George Utah Temple shows the installation of new concrete and irrigation lines for the welcoming east plaza that will feature palm trees, lawns, and gardens. Refurbishment of the tower is underway while construction of the north annex continues. Major renovation is ongoing inside the building, which will provide wired electricity to the top floor priesthood assembly room for the first time since its construction.
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One-Year Anniversary of the St. George Utah Temple Renovation

Watch a video presentation marking the one-year anniversary of the renovation of the St. George Utah Temple. Renovation activity is highlighted including the construction of the north entrance addition and the shoring up of the historic hand-laid rock foundation by wrapping the original fourteen columns in fiberglass and attaching them to micropiles that are driven deep into the earth. Aerial footage of the meandering walkway through the grounds captures the beauty of the improving landscaping.
Photo:  Kurt Wilson

Majority of Panels Attached to the St. George Utah Temple Annex

The impressively sized annex for the St. George Utah Temple will add much-needed space to the 143-year-old House of the Lord, providing an area for the non-ordinance spaces. The majority of the exterior panels have been attached to the annex, beautifully matching the exterior of the temple including battlements along the taller walls over the entrance. The center portion of the building is vaulted to accommodate elegant light fixtures in the foyer and mechanical equipment for the rest of the structure.
Photo:  Pam Burt

St. George Utah Temple Annex Exterior Panel Progress

The St. George Utah Temple annex is becoming more beautiful by the day as sturdy white panels—matching the historic exterior of the temple—are attached to the steel frame of the new addition. A second addition is planned for the west side of the temple where the stair tower was removed. A second temple in the city, the Red Cliffs Utah Temple, will begin construction next month.
Photo:  David Konold

Cladding of the St. George Utah Temple Annex Begins

White stone panels were hoisted by crane yesterday and attached to the exterior of the newly constructed annex of the St. George Utah Temple. The structure will beautifully complement the temple proper and serve as the main entrance to the building. The interior will be finished in dark hardwood floors and white moldings with arched windows and doorways and Victorian-style fixtures and furnishings—true to the design aesthetic of the late 19th century when the temple was originally constructed.
Photo:  Kurt Wilson

Structural Framing Continues for St. George Utah Temple Annex

A host of auxiliary functions will be housed in the extensive annex under construction next to the St. George Utah Temple, leaving the temple for the performance of ordinance work. The rest of the foundation walls have been poured for the annex, and structural steel is being set in place. Also visible are shear walls and an elevator shaft. A beautiful entrance plaza will be created in front of the annex, welcoming patrons who will walk across 400 South from the parking lot.