If the town's Design Review Board approves it July 15, the golden figure perched on a 195-foot spire will make it the tallest building in Gilbert, exceeding the next tallest, the cross on a bell tower at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, by more than 50 feet.
In addition to the spire, the temple's bold columns and leaded-glass windows would make it one of Gilbert's most distinctive and attention-getting buildings.
The Republic recently asked Paul Gilbert, an attorney representing the church, to explain the idea behind the design. Here are excerpts from the conversation.
Question: Each temple has a unique design, correct?
Answer: That is an accurate statement. This temple has a special design that is not replicated anywhere else. It was designed specifically for the setting it's in, in the town of Gilbert and in Arizona.