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The Logan Utah Temple (formerly the Logan Temple) was completed in 1884, and is the fourth temple built by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Located in the city of Logan, Utah, it was the second temple built in the Rocky Mountains, after the St. George Temple, which remains the only Latter-day Saint temple that has been in operation longer than the Logan Temple.
|Logan Utah Temple|
|Dedication||May 17, 1884, by John Taylor|
|Site||9 acres (3.6 ha)|
|Floor area||119,619 sq ft (11,113.0 m2)|
|Height||170 ft (52 m)|
|Official website • News & images|
|Announced||October 6, 1876|
|Groundbreaking||May 17, 1877, by John Willard Young|
|Open house||February 5 – March 3, 1979 (after renovations)|
|Rededicated||March 13, 1979, by Spencer W. Kimball|
|Designed by||Truman O. Angell|
|Location||Logan, Utah, United States|
|Exterior finish||Dark-colored siliceous limestone|
|Temple design||Castellated Gothic|
|Ordinance rooms||4 (stationary rooms)|
|Location||Between 2nd and 3rd East and 1st and 2nd North, Logan, Utah|
|Area||over 9 acres (3.6 ha)|
|Architect||Truman O. Angell|
|Architectural style||Gothic Revival|
|NRHP reference No.||75001801|
|Added to NRHP||November 20, 1975|
The temple in Logan was announced on October 6, 1876, with its groundbreaking taking place on May 18, 1877. The groundbreaking was shortly after dedication of the St. George Temple on April 6, 1877. The site of the Logan Temple had been held in reserve for many years. It was used as a park and public grounds before being dedicated as the site for the temple. The Salt Lake Temple had been announced in 1847, but construction was still underway and would not be completed until 1893, so the Logan and St. George temples were built to satisfy the church's need for temples.
More than 25,000 people worked on the Logan Temple. Timber for the building was hauled from the Temple Fork area of Logan Canyon. Lime and quartzite was quarried out of nearby Green Canyon. Most materials were extracted during winter when farm duties were low and because transporting material was easier on sled than wagon. A combination of hired hands and volunteers were used with wards providing quotas of volunteers. As completion of the temple neared, women in the area were asked to make carpets for the temple as funds did not allow them to purchase store made carpet for the entire building. The women spent two months working to hand make 2,144 square yards of carpet.
The Logan Temple was the second temple to be completed in the Utah area and is the church's sixth largest. It was built on a 9-acre (3.6 ha) plot selected by church president Brigham Young and has 4 ordinance rooms and 11 sealing rooms, with a total floor area of 119,619 square feet (11,113.0 m2). The design by the church's head architect, Truman O. Angell, had two towers and was based on the same pattern as the Salt Lake Temple, with a large assembly hall and other similar rooms. On May 17, 1884, the Logan Temple was dedicated by church president John Taylor. The design incorporates an unusual amount of Gothic detailing compared with other temples, which are more Renaissance or Byzantine-inspired.
In 1917, a fire started in a closet under the grand staircase in the central north part of the main building. It completely destroyed this oval staircase which connected the first through the third floors. It caused about $40,000 in damage and took about three months to repair. In 1949, the temple was remodeled and received updated lighting, heating, air conditioning, elevators, and other modern conveniences. In 1977, more remodeling was undertaken and the interior was completely gutted and redone. After remodeling, the temple was rededicated on March 13, 1979, by church president Spencer W. Kimball.
Notable temple presidents have included: Marriner W. Merrill (1884–1906); William Budge (1906–18); ElRay L. Christiansen (1943–52); and W. Rolfe Kerr (2008–11). Thomas M. Cherrington has been the current temple president since October 2020.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah
- Comparison of temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- List of temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- List of temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by geographic region
- Temple architecture (Latter-day Saints)
- Logan Temple Barn
- "National Register Information System – (#75001801)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
- McIntyre, Hutch (April 10, 2018). "Logan Utah Temple". ChurchofJesusChrist.org. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
- Roberts, Allen D. (June 2, 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Logan Temple". National Park Service. Retrieved February 26, 2014.
- Larkin, Melvin A (1954). The History of the L.D.S. Temple in Logan, Utah (MS thesis). Utah State University. doi:10.26076/5cac-7285.
- "See Logan Temple Devastated by Disastrous Fire, Deseret Evening News, Dec. 5, 1917, p. 1".
- Media related to Logan Utah Temple at Wikimedia Commons
- Logan Utah Temple Official site
- Logan Utah Temple at ChurchofJesusChristTemples.org