Washington D.C. Temple
Recent News Articles
Planting Trees at the Washington D.C. Temple
Trees and shrubs are filling in the garden spaces at the Washington D.C. Temple parking lot while work continues on the circular water fountain feature in front of the entrance. This December, the annual Festival of Lights will proceed as usual in the areas outside of the construction zone. The tradition of Christmas musical events at the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center will also continue. You can reserve free tickets on Eventbrite.
Reflection Pool Filled at the Washington D.C. Temple
The Washington D.C. Temple reflection pool, located in front of the visitors' center below the wall of picture windows, has been installed and filled with water. Heavy equipment has paved the east parking lot with asphalt, and scaffolding has been removed from around the six spires. The iconic Capital Beltway structure has been closed for renovation for the past 19 months.
New Stairs Poured at the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center
A large curved staircase has been poured to connect the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center to the temple parking lot, replacing a narrow set of stairs that previously served that purpose. The parking lot will soon be repaved by recycling much of the old parking lot. Inside the temple, the renovation work is progressing beautifully.
East Parking Removal Completed at the Washington D.C. Temple
Removal of the east parking lot from the Washington D.C. Temple has been completed, and concrete crushers are breaking down the fragments for use in the new parking lot. Art glass is being reinstalled on the west side of the temple while the glass on the east side is being removed. New stairs are being constructed off the visitors' center balcony.
East Parking Lot Demolition Underway at the Washington D.C. Temple
Landscaping changes at the Washington D.C. Temple are proceeding with the demolition of the east side of the parking lot. The west side was demolished several months ago, allowing for the replacement of water lines. Once demolition is completed, new hard landscaping will be installed and soft landscaping will follow, bringing life and beauty to the grounds of this House of the Lord.
Washington D.C. Temple Renovation Progressing on Schedule
It's been over a year since the Washington D.C. Temple closed for a major renovation of the interior, exterior, and grounds. Over the past several months, the west parking lot has been demolished, some trees have been removed, new water lines have been installed, and refurbishment of the stained glass, exterior marble, and spire panels continues. Work is also progressing on the interior including upgrades to the elevators. Crews are uplifted by weekly devotionals and treats provided by local members. The temple is anticipated to be completed in the latter half of 2020.
Repairing the Spires of the Washington D.C. Temple
The sparkling gold spires of the Washington D.C. Temple are undergoing needed repairs as renovation work continues on the 1970s structure. Scaffolding can be seen along one end of the temple where long panes of stained glass are located. The temple has been closed for about six months.
Washington D.C. Temple to Close for Renovation
An extensive renovation has been announced for the Washington D.C. Temple, which will close in March 2018 and reopen for operation in 2020. A public open house, cultural celebration, and rededication service will precede the reopening. The temple was dedicated in 1974.
Musical Talent on Display at Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center
Enjoy outstanding musical talent at the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center this Christmas Season including Broadway Star Sandra Turley who performs tonight at 6:00, 7:00, and 8:00 p.m.
New Stakes in D.C. District
On Sunday, April 15, two new stakes were organized in the Washington D.C. Temple District: the Buena Vista Virginia YSA Stake—the first YSA stake created outside of Utah and Idaho; and the Dover Delaware Stake—the second stake created in the state of Delaware, following the Wilmington Delaware Stake created in 1974.
Festival of Lights at the Washington D.C. Temple
The 34th Annual Festival of Lights continues at the Washington D.C. Temple with its nightly performances, international créche exhibit, and stellar light display. It is a spiritually thrilling celebration of the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Pointing the Way to the Washington D.C. Temple
After years of persistence and patience, highway signs have now been added that point the way to the Washington D.C. Temple. The temple and visitors' center complex is a Capital Beltway landmark that attracts over half a million people of every culture and religion each year.
Washington D.C. Temple Prepares for 32nd Annual Festival of Lights
The grounds of the Washington D.C. Temple will be set aglow this Friday, December 4, with the colors of Christmas, following a 32-year tradition known as the Festival of Lights. The festival features nightly performances and numerous trees and crèches on display.
Washington D.C. Temple Closes for Several Days
The Washington D.C. Temple closed for several days due to a water main break in the parking lot that did no damage to the temple but did shut off water and heat to the building. The temple permanently reopens on Tuesday, October 20.