Today, the Church announced that the historic Salt Lake Temple will close December 29, 2019 for about four years for extensive renovation. In addition, significant modifications will be made to Temple Square and the adjoining plaza near the Church Office Building.
The video below shows the plans for the renovation of the Salt Lake Temple:
Church President Russell M. Nelson made the announcement in a press conference this morning. The temple is expected to reopen in 2024 with a public open house.
“This project will enhance, refresh, and beautify the temple and its surrounding grounds,” said President Nelson. “Obsolete systems within the building will be replaced. Safety and seismic concerns will be addressed. Accessibility will be enhanced so that members with limited mobility can be better accommodated.”
The surrounding area on Temple Square and the plaza near the Church Office Building will also be affected as existing buildings are demolished and the area undergoes renovation and restoration. The existing annex and temple addition on the north side, which were built in the 1960s to add needed support facilities and more sealing (marriage) rooms, will be demolished and rebuilt.
Read more details in the article Plans Unveiled for Salt Lake Temple Renovation.
Wow they’re going down to bedrock! Big project.