Salt Lake City Temple
This post is the fourth in a series of blog posts on Architecture of Temples. You can go here to see the post about the Ogden Temple; click here to see the post about the Logan Temple; and here to see the post about the Brigham City Temple.
The Salt Lake Temple was the fourth temple built in Utah, (though its construction was started before the others) and was completed in 1893–three years before Utah became a state. The architect was Truman O. Angell, and the temple is a combination of both Gothic and Romanesque styles. The Salt Lake Temple is the largest temple of the Church (with the most square footage) and it took 40 years to complete, with the interior only taking a year.
Original plans for the Salt Lake Temple called for two angel Moroni statues—one on the east central spire and one on the west. Later it was decided only to use one, however, it is the first temple to feature a standing angel Moroni statue which was created by Paris-trained sculptor, Cyrus E. Dallin.
Sandstone was originally used for the foundation, but it cracked making it unsuitable for use. Most of the sandstone was then replaced with quartz mozonite (similar in appearance to granite), which came from Little Cottonwood canyon, about twenty miles away. Oxen transported the quarried rock until the Transcontinental Railroad was completed.
The walls of the Salt Lake Temple are nine feet thick at the base and six feet thick at the top, and the interior features beautiful hand-painted murals on the walls.
The exterior of the Temple is filled with symbolism. You can click here to visit the website and read more about it.
Here are some images I took of the beautiful castle-like building: