In a press release Tuesday, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released details and renderings of changes the St. George Utah Temple will undergo as it closes Nov. 4 and will reopen in 2022.
The church plans to make extensive structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and finish work. According to the church, "The upper portion of the existing annex will be demolished and replaced with a design that will complement the historic structure. Additionally, limited seismic upgrades will be made by adding steel to the temple’s original wood trusses. Some excavation around the temple’s foundation will also be required to install new mechanical heating and cooling systems."
A new brides’ exit and plaza will be added to the east side of the annex, and a new baptistry entrance and exit will be added on the temple’s south side.
The St. George Utah Temple is one of the most historically significant buildings to the church. Construction began in November 1871, and the temple was dedicated April 6, 1877. The St. George Utah Temple serves Latter-day Saints in southwestern Utah and parts of Nevada and Arizona. During the renovation, patrons are invited to attend other nearby temples in Cedar City, Utah, and Las Vegas, Nevada.