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Salt Lake Temple Renovation: Pictures Show Temple Furnishings Being Removed

by | Jan. 28, 2020

From the Church

This story will be updated throughout the Salt Lake Temple renovation. For more information, visit templesquare.org

Pictures Show Temple Furnishings Removal

Church Newsroom released photos that show the progress of furniture removal inside the temple. 

The Salt Lake Temple Celestial Room

The Salt Lake Temple Chapel

The Salt Lake Temple Assembly Room

The Salt Lake Temple Assembly Room

The Salt Lake Temple Assembly Room


The Salt Lake Temple Assembly Room

Demolition Begins on South Visitors' Center, Statues Removed

On January 17, 2020, demolition began on the South Visitors’ Center.

Statues south of the temple, including statues of Hyrum and Joseph Smith—each of which weighs approximately 18,000 pounds—were removed and put into storage.

Trees and vegetation were also removed from the site.

“We are working to carefully preserve some of the trees, transplant them and then replant them at the end of the project,” Andy Kirby, director of historic temple renovations, told Church Newsroom. “We will also plant additional trees when we finish the renovation, so there will be more trees on Temple Square than there were when this project began.”

Special care is being made to preserve the Cedar of Lebanon tree, which was planted more than 70 years ago.

Excavation around the Salt Lake Temple to install the base isolation system will begin soon.

Decommissioning the Temple


Church Newsroom released a story on January 7, 2020, that explained the Salt Lake Temple was undergoing decommissioning. The process involves removing items from the temple, including temple clothing, furniture, temple records, and other items used in the completion of temple ordinances. Additionally, preparations were made for construction with temporary power and utilities and asbestos abatement.

Images from Intellectual Reserve, Inc. 
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