Portland Oregon Temple
|Portland Oregon Temple|
|Dedicated||August 19, 1989 by |
Gordon B. Hinckley
|Site||7.3 acres (3 hectares)|
|Floor area||80,500 sq ft (7,480 m2)|
|Height||181 ft (55 m)|
|Preceded by||Frankfurt Germany Temple|
|Followed by||Las Vegas Nevada Temple|
|Official website • News & images|
The Portland Oregon Temple is a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) located on 7 acres (28,000 m2) of land near the intersection of Highway 217 and I-5 in Lake Oswego, Oregon. The temple's architecture features six white spires and a white marble exterior accented with green marble trim and topped with a green slate roof. It is 80,500 square feet (7,480 m2) in area, with four ordinance rooms and fourteen sealing rooms. 2014 marked the 25th year the temple has been in operation.
The temple in Portland was the church's first in Oregon, with the Medford Oregon Temple completed in 2000. In 1989, more than 314,000 people attended the public open house held before the temple was dedicated by Gordon B. Hinckley.
University of New Mexico historian, Ferenc Morton Szasz, places the temple in a group of Post-World War II temples built in western American States, calling the group of Mormon temples "the most impressive religious structures of the entire western postwar building boom."
In 2012, the church added a visitor's center which is open to the public daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., which, along with the temple's grounds, continues to be enjoyed by the surrounding community. The visitor's center was formally dedicated by Gary E. Stevenson in June 2013.
- Toone, Trent (August 7, 2014). "LDS Church's Portland Oregon Temple turns 25". Deseret News. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
- Newell, Cliff (August 28, 2014). "Reaching toward heaven, reaching out to people". Portland Tribune. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
- "Mormon Temple Will Rise in Southern Oregon". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. March 24, 1999.
- "Mormons Plan 2nd Ore. Temple". The Seattle Times. Seattle, Washington. (AP). April 4, 1999.
- Szasz, Ferenc Morton (2000). Religion in the Modern American West. University of Arizona Press. p. 107. ISBN 0816522456.
- Bartelt, Karen Wallace (June 15, 2013), "Portland Oregon Temple: Bishop Stevenson dedicates visitors' center", Church News