Logan Utah Temple

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
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DedicationMay 17, 1884, by John Taylor
Site9 acres (3.6 ha)
Floor area119,619 sq ft (11,113.0 m2)
Height170 ft (52 m)
Official websiteNews & images
Church chronology

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Additional information
AnnouncedOctober 6, 1876
GroundbreakingMay 17, 1877, by John Willard Young
Open houseFebruary 5 – March 3, 1979 (after renovations)
RededicatedMarch 13, 1979, by Spencer W. Kimball
Designed byTruman O. Angell
LocationLogan, Utah, United States
Exterior finishDark-colored siliceous limestone
Temple designCastellated Gothic
Ordinance rooms4 (stationary rooms)
Sealing rooms11
Clothing rentalAvailable
Visitors' centerNo

Coordinates: 41°44′2.979600″N 111°49′40.59480″W / 41.73416100000°N 111.8279430000°W / 41.73416100000; -111.8279430000

Logan Temple
Logan Utah Temple is located in Utah
Logan Utah Temple
Logan Utah Temple is located in the United States
Logan Utah Temple
LocationBetween 2nd and 3rd East and 1st and 2nd North, Logan, Utah
Coordinates41°44′03″N 111°49′38″W / 41.73417°N 111.82722°W / 41.73417; -111.82722
Areaover 9 acres (3.6 ha)
ArchitectTruman O. Angell
Architectural styleGothic Revival
NRHP reference No.75001801[2]
Added to NRHPNovember 20, 1975

The temple in Logan was announced on October 6, 1876,[3][4] 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.[5]

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.[4]

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.[6] 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.

The Logan Temple was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 20, 1975.[2]

Logan Temple
Logan Utah Temple
Logan Temple
Logan Utah Temple

Temple presidentsEdit

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.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ reference
  2. ^ a b "National Register Information System – (#75001801)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  3. ^ McIntyre, Hutch (April 10, 2018). "Logan Utah Temple". ChurchofJesusChrist.org. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Roberts, Allen D. (June 2, 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Logan Temple". National Park Service. Retrieved February 26, 2014.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "See Logan Temple Devastated by Disastrous Fire, Deseret Evening News, Dec. 5, 1917, p. 1".

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