Portland Oregon Temple

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.[1]

Portland Oregon Temple
Portland Oregon Temple.jpg
Number42
DedicationAugust 19, 1989, by Gordon B. Hinckley
Site7.3 acres (3.0 ha)
Floor area80,500 sq ft (7,480 m2)
Height181 ft (55 m)
Official websiteNews & images
Church chronology

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Additional information
AnnouncedApril 7, 1984
GroundbreakingSeptember 20, 1986, by Gordon B. Hinckley
Open houseJune 15 July 15 – 8, 1989
Designed byLeland A. Gray
LocationLake Oswego, Oregon, United States
Exterior finishWhite Vermont marble walls with green Vermont slate roof
Temple designModern, six-spire design
Ordinance rooms4 (stationary rooms)
Sealing rooms14
Clothing rentalAvailable
CafeteriaAvailable, no food service
Visitors' centerYes
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Coordinates: 45°25′31.24200″N 122°44′32.00639″W / 45.4253450000°N 122.7422239972°W / 45.4253450000; -122.7422239972

HistoryEdit

The temple in Portland was the church's first in Oregon, dedicated in 1989, by Gordon B. Hinckley; with the Medford Oregon Temple completed in 2000.[2][3] In 1989, more than 314,000 people attended the public open house held before the temple was dedicated by Gordon B. Hinckley.[1]

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."[4]

The temple, the church's 42nd operating structure, serves members of stakes in the Portland metropolitan area, other parts of Oregon and two cities in Washington.

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.[1] The visitor's center was formally dedicated by Gary E. Stevenson in June 2013.[5]

In 2014, the temple celebrated the 25th year the temple has been in operation.[6]

In 2020, the Portland Oregon Temple was closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic.[7]

See alsoEdit

Temples in Oregon or with districts extending into Oregon

Red = Operating
Blue = Under construction
Yellow = Announced
Black = Closed for renovation

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Newell, Cliff (August 28, 2014). "Reaching toward heaven, reaching out to people". Portland Tribune. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  2. ^ "Mormon Temple Will Rise in Southern Oregon". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. March 24, 1999.
  3. ^ "Mormons Plan 2nd Ore. Temple". The Seattle Times. Seattle, Washington. (AP). April 4, 1999.
  4. ^ Szasz, Ferenc Morton (2000). Religion in the Modern American West. University of Arizona Press. p. 107. ISBN 0816522456.
  5. ^ Bartelt, Karen Wallace (June 15, 2013), "Portland Oregon Temple: Bishop Stevenson dedicates visitors' center", Church News
  6. ^ Toone, Trent (August 7, 2014). "LDS Church's Portland Oregon Temple turns 25". Deseret News. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  7. ^ Stack, Peggy Fletcher. "All Latter-day Saint temples to close due to coronavirus", The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 March 2020. Retrieved on 28 March 2020.

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