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Announced

Date   4 October 1997 [1]
By   Gordon B. Hinckley [1]
Position   Prophet/ President [1]
Via    167th Semiannual General Conference, Priesthood Session, 4 October 1997 [1]

Groundbreaking

Date   Friday, 17 April 1998 [2]
By   F. Melvin Hammond [2]
Position   Seventy [2]
Attending   ~1,700 [2]

Open House

Dates   29 December – 31 December 1998 [3]
Days   3 [counted]
Visitors   15,000 [3]
Per Diem   5,000 [calculated]

Open House

Dates      
Participants    
Stakes    
Location    
Title    

Dedication

Date   9 January 1999 [4]
By   Gordon B. Hinckley [4]
Position   Prophet/President [4]
Sessions   7 [4]
Attending   6,291 [4]
Per Session   899 [calculated]
Dedication Order   54 [chronology]
Dedicatory Prayer   A sacred house to carry forward the work  

Commencement

Date   Monday, 11 January 1999  

Presidents

Dennis E. Cook 2013– [9]
Melvin R. Perkins 2010–2013 [8]
Lloyd V. Owen 2007–2010 [7]
Gary E. Cox 2004–2007 [6]
Merrill D. Briggs 1999–2004 [5]

Specifications

Location

Mailing Address

   

Phone

Phone   (1) 907-348-7890 [14]
Fax      
City   Anchorage  
County   Anchorage Borough  
State   Alaska  
Country   United States  
GenCode   ANCHO  

Dimensions

Height

Official    
Meters     [calculated]
 Feet      
Estimated    
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Meters      
Feet   — ; Original: 55  

Height Sans Moroni

Official    
Meters     [calculated]
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Feet      

Height Sans Spire

Official    
Meters     [calculated]
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Feet      

Width

Official    
Meters   Original: 24.07 [calculated]
 Feet   Original: 79 [14]
Estimated    
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 Meters   Remodel: 32.31  
Feet   Remodel: 106  

Length

Official    
 Meters   Original: 32.9 [calculated]
 Feet   Original: 108 [14]
Estimated    
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 Meters   Remodel: 40.23  
 Feet   Remodel: 132  

Official Area

Meters   1,108.98; Original: 631.74  
Feet   11,937; Original: 6,800 [11][14]
Above      
Basement      

Church Owned Property

Official    
Meters2   23633.6624 [calculated]
Acres   5.54 [14]
Estimate    
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Meters2   20982.9691  
Acres   5.185  

Temple Plat


Estimate    
[Sat Image measuring tools]
Meters2   3723.1112  
Acres   .92  

Coordinates

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Latitude   61.101821  
Longitude   -149.840663  

Elevation

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Meters   62.06  
Feet   203.6  

Temple Rotation

[Observation]
Long Axis Alignment   27° CCW from North  
AKA   North North West  
Entryway Alignment   27° CCW from North  
AKA   North North West  

Temple Design

Exterior

Cladding

Type   Sierra white granite [14]
Source   Fresno, California [14]
Image Source    

Roofing

Windows

Type   Stained Art Glass In narrow 2 pane windosw in sets of 4 windows  
Trim Color   White  

Anchorage Window

Inscriptions

First

[Observation]

 

HOLINESS TO THE LORD
THE HOUSE OF THE LORD

 

Location   Engraved Painted Black
Type   East North East side of the temple on the exterior wall of the Celestial Room  
Language   English  

Second

[Observation]

 

HOLINESS TO THE LORD
THE HOUSE OF THE LORD

Location   North North West side of the temple above the new entrance.
Type   Engraved Painted Black  
Language   English  

Third

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Location    
Type      
Language      

Symbolism

Cornerstone

[Observation]

Erected
1999

Location   South East Corner
Type   Engraved Painted Black  
Language   English  
On the West side of the Anchorage Temple, surrounding the 3 windows of the baptistry, are stars placed in an arrangement of the Big Dipper, including an extra large stoar for the north Starnonenonenone

Spires and Moroni

Spires

[Observation]
Number      
Location   The spire sits next to the original entrance. While not detached from the building, the spire pillar sits upon the ground rather than on the temple like most small temples.

Moroni

[Original Research, Observation]
Sculptor   LaVar Wallgren  
Version   1997 Scroll in left hand
Placed   17 December 1998  
Faces   East North East  
Height    
Meters   1.0834  
Feet   5' 11"  



Interior

Interior

 

Rooms

Endowment
Rooms   2; Original: 1 [11]
Type   Stationary  
Sealing
Rooms   1  

Services Rooms

Cafeteria   None  
Clothing Rental   None [11]

Contractors

Designers

Architect   McCool, Carlson & Green Architects [14]
Also Did      
Interior Designer      
Also Did      

Project Manager

Manager   Cory Karl [14]
Also Did      

General Contractor

Contractor   H. Watt & Scott [14]
Also Did      

Additional Contractors

Remodel Contractor Westland Construction [15]
Also Did   Apia Temple Renovation
Monticello Temple Expansion
Vernal Temple Baptistry Remodel
Mount Timpanogos Temple Entry
Seattle Washington Temple Entry
 [15]

Sources and Links

Sources/Citation

1 Hinckley, Gordon B., “Some Thoughts on Temples, Retention of Converts, and Missionary Service”, LDS.org, 4 October 1997. Accessed 11 November 2014.
2 Walter, Byron D. “Temple Groundbreaking Ceremony”, Mission.net, 19 April 1998. Accessed 6 January 2015
3 Howlett, Sandi “Sacred Edifice Called a ‘Jewel Box'” ldschurchnewsarchive.com, 9 January 1999. Accessed 6 January 2015
4 Dockstader, Julie “Northernmost temple dedicated
Some 6,000 attend services in frigid Anchorage winter”, ldschurchnewsarchive.com, 16 January 1999. Accessed 10 April 2015
5 “New Temple President”, ldschurchnewsarchive.com, 28 November 1999. Accessed 6 January 2015
6 “New Temple Presidents”, ldschurchnewsarchive.com, 4 September 2004. Accessed 6 January 2015
7 “New Temple Presidents”, ldschurchnewsarchive.com, 11 August 2007. Accessed 6 January 2015
8 “New Temple Presidents”, ldschurchnewsarchive.com, 5 June 2010. Accessed 6 January 2015
9 “New Temple Presidents”, ldschurchnewsarchive.com, 4 May 2013. Accessed 6 January 2015
10 “News of the Church”, LDS.org, April 2004. Accessed 10 April 2015
11  Howlett, Sandi, “Anchorage Alaska Temple Rededicated by Prophet”, ldschurchnews.com, 14 February 2004. Accessed 10 April 2005
12 Howlett, Sandi “Icy Opening and a Warm Welcome”, ldschurchnews.com, 7 February 2004. Accessed 10 April 2015
13 Howlett, Sandi, “Cultural Presentation Depicts LDS Pioneers, Native Alaskans”, 14 February 2004. Accessed 6 January 2015
14 “Anchorage Alaska Temple” ldschurchnewsarchive.com. Accessed 10 April 2015
15 ” Anchorage Alaska Temple Expansion” gowestland.com. Accessed 10 April 2015
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