Video and Model Details
This is my most up to date version of the Ogden Temple Model.
Mid 2012 the Church revised the rendering of the temple. The stonework changed design slightly, the stone color changed and most noticeably, the spire changed from metal clad to stone clad.
As construction has progressed, I have identified 2 major errors in this model. On the north and south sides, the corner windows on the lower floor of the upper section do not actually exist. The second flaw is the design of the Baptistry entrance on the west side. As none of the church’s released renders showed that side, it was all guess work. It is shaping up somewhat different from what I have depicted.
Early Remodel Design
Video and Model Details
Ogden Utah Temple – 2014 – Initial Render
Pre Remodel Early Video
Video and Model Details
Ogden Utah Temple – 2002
Ogden Utah Temple Wiki
- 1 Video and Model Details
- 2 Video and Model Details
- 3 Video and Model Details
- 4 Renders
- 5 Ogden Utah Temple Wiki
- 5.1 Description
- 5.2 History
- 5.2.1 1920
- 5.2.2 1921
- 5.2.3 1924
- 5.2.4 1925
- 5.2.5 1966
- 5.2.6 1967
- 5.2.7 Announcement
- 5.2.8 Design
- 5.2.9 Groundbreaking
- 5.2.10 Cornerstone
- 5.2.11 Open House
- 5.2.12 Dedication
- 5.2.13 2002
- 5.2.14 Reconstruction
- 5.3 Presidents
- 5.4 Details
- 6 Sources and Links
The Ogden Utah Temple (formerly the Ogden Temple) is the sixteenth constructed and fourteenth operating temple. Located in Ogden, Utah, it was originally built with a modern, single-spire design very similar to the Provo Utah Temple. During a renovation completed in 2014, the exterior and interior were extensively changed. The temple in Ogden was the first built in Utah since the Salt Lake Temple was dedicated in 1893 and since Utah gained statehood in 1896.
The Ogden Temple serves more than 135,000 members. The intention to construct a temple in Ogden was announced by the LDS Church on August 24, 1967.
Talk of temple for Ogden can be documented as early as 13 December 1920, when a headline on the front page of the ‘Ogden Standard-Examiner’ proclaimed “Ogden to get temple, Mormons are told” At that time, both the Logan and Salt Lake Temples were already operating well beyond their capacity.
In May of 1921 President Heber J. Grant inspected a site being offered at 30th Street and Taylor on condition it be used to build a temple. President Grant was greatful for the offer, but as he did not feel a temple could be built at that time due to funds being tied up in other projects int he Church, he ultimately declined. He did however mention that he was partial to the property of Lester Park.
On 7 May 1924, an offer was made for a trade of some other property the Church owned in Ogden at that time, such as the property known as Tabernacle Square in downtown Ogden (Where the Temple now stands,) for Lester Park. This trade was also declined.
On 12 February of 1956 a tabernacle was dedicated on the lot that would eventually hold the temple. It was the last tabernacle the church would build before moving solely to a meetinghouse/stake center program.
A 1966 study found that 52 percent of temple work was being done in either the Salt Lake, Logan, or Manti temples, even though there were 13 operating temples throughout the world.
In the 1967 the recently formed Church Building Committee was asked to take a look into the overcrowding issues at Manti and Logan and see what could be done to expand the two temples there. They found that, since the temples had been constructed before building codes were put into place, that there was not much that could be done without building codes requiring large portions of the original temple be brought up to code as well. Their suggestion, was that rather than try make either temple larger, which would involve redoing much of either existing temple, two new temples could be built for less cost, one in Ogden, and one on some property being offered in Provo.
President McKay was highly in favor of the idea (being from Ogden himself,) and concurrent meetings were held with Stake Presidents in Ogden and Provo on 14 August 1967 to propose the building of the temples.
The intention to construct a temple on what was then known as Tabernacle Square in Ogden was announced 24 August 1967.
The project was then turned over to church Architect Emil B. Fetzer and his staff. President McKay was concerned that the church as a whole would think him a spendthrift for approving not one, but two new temples. The Church had just gone through a major change in emphasis in regards to budgets, and he had already overseen construction of the Los Angeles, Bern, Hamilton, London and Oakland Temples (to that date, no other prophet had overseen more than 4.) He gave the very specific orders for austerity and economy in these two new temples. The design guidelines included:
- Reasonable cost
- Full size Temples (Not smaller like the recent international temples)
- No Assembly Room
- No Multiple spires, one only
- No Excess square footage
- No excess cubage (Vaulted or raised ceilings)
- One Architectural plan for both temples (absolutely no paying for two plans, though minor changes could be made to the exterior for different looks)
- No Angel Moroni (though the planning committee decided to strengthen the spires to hold the weight of a statue, just in case one could be added later.)
Brother Fetzer would remark that “I think this [Ogden] is the only building that I have designed in words before I started to put marks on paper.”
After a few months of work and preliminary design, Brother Fetzer and his team were informed that film had been approved for wider domestic use to present the endowment, and that management of the sessions and tracking of ordinances would be turned completely over to the Church’s new computer systems. This meant the number of people needed to run a session and a temple as a whole was reduced significantly. This also meant drastic changes could be made in the design and layout. Three Months of work was thrown completely out and on a late flight from New York to England Brother Fetzer and Brother Fred Baker of the Building Committee discussed the changes, and ways to layout the design of the temple without the restrictions that had just been removed. By the time they landed in England, the had a preliminary design that featured 6 endowment rooms arrayed around a central celestial room, and estimates that this new design could perform more endowment sessions than any other temple in the Church.
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Ogden Temple were held on 8 September 1969, President McKay’s birthday. The site was dedicated by Joseph Fielding Smith of the First Presidency, and the first shovel full of dirt was turned over by Elder Hugh B. Brown.
On 7 September 1970, a cornerstone laying ceremony was held with President N. Eldon Tanner of the First Presidency presiding. Around 6,000 people were in attendance.
A public open house for the Ogden Temple was held daily from 16 -30 December 1971 (except Sundays and Christmas Day). During the 12 days of the open house it was estimated that more than 150,000 people attended, an average of 12,500 per day.
At the time of the Dedication of the Ogden Utah Temple it was the 14th Temple in the Church, the 10th in the United States, and the 5th in Utah. At the time of its dedication, there were 2 other temples under construction and no temples undergoing remodel.
Beginning in 2001 and lasting through much of 2002, both the exterior of the temple and the surrounding grounds underwent significant changes. Weather damage to the exterior of the temple was repaired and the spire, which was originally a yellowish-gold, was painted bright white. A fiberglass statue of the Angel Moroni covered in gold leaf was added to the temple’s spire, almost 30 years after the temple was dedicated. The temple grounds received redesigned walkways and paths allowing visitors to walk around the temple as well as to access the structure from the main adjacent street.
On 17 February 2010, the LDS Church announced that the Ogden Temple would undergo major exterior and interior renovations that would significantly modify the look of the building. The upgrades included replacing old electrical, heating, and plumbing systems with more modern, energy-saving equipment. Additional improvements included construction of a new underground parking structure, complete relandscaping of the temple block, and renovation of the adjacent Ogden Tabernacle, including removal of its spire. The interior was reduced from 131,000 to 115,000 sq ft, but through an improved design, there is more usable space following the reconstruction.
As part of the overhaul, the spire was removed, and the upper two stores demolished down to a central structural core. Seismic improvements were made to the core of the structure, and a new temple built around the reinforced framework. The lower story was gutted, the shell remaining largely in place, and a new entryway was carved into the east side.
On April 25, 2014, the church announced that with renovations nearing completion, a public open house would be held from 1 August 1 to 6 September 2014.
At the time of the Temples rededication there were (including Ogden,) 144 temples in operation, 71 temples in the United States, and 15 Temples in Utah. Additionally there were 14 Temples under construction, 12 Temples awaiting groundbreaking, and 3 temples undergoing renovation.
|Temples Under Construction||Temples Awaiting Groundbreaking||Temples undergoing renovation|
|Indianapolis Indiana||Concepcion Chile||Mexico City Mexico|
|Tijuana Mexico||Lisbon Portugal||Montreal Quebec|
|Hartdord Connecticut||Urdaneta Phillipines||Suva Fiji|
|Meridian Idaho||Kinshasa DRC|
|Fort Collins Colorado||Barranquilla Columbia|
|Phoenix Arizona||Durban South Africa|
|Cordoba Argentina||Winnipeg Manitoba|
|Rome Italy||Star Valley Wyoming|
|Trujillo Peru||Aeriquipa Peru|
|Sapporo Japan||Tucson Arizona|
|Fortaleza Brazil||Cedar City Utah|
|Payson Utah||Rio De Janeiro Brazil|
|Provo City Center|
|TEMPLE PRESIDENT||YEARS SERVED|
|President Michael L. Vellinga||2017–|
|President Fredrick Froerer III||2014–2017|
|President Robert R. Steuer||2008–2011|
|President Gordon T. Watts||2005–2008|
|President Dale L. Gardner||2002–2005|
|President J. Kirk Moyes||1999–2002|
|President Collins E. Jones||1996–1999|
|President Harvey M. Broadbent||1993–1996|
|President Dorman H. Baird||1990–1993|
|President E. LaMar Buckner||1987–1990|
|President Milton C. Mecham||1985–1987|
|President Keith W. Wilcox||1980–1985|
|President Leslie T. Norton||1976–1980|
|President A. Reed Halversen||1972–1976|
The site for the temple is a 10-acre (40,000 m2) lot called Tabernacle Square that the church had owned since the area was settled. At the time of construction, the Ogden Temple differed from temples built previously by the LDS Church. The original design was very contemporary and the lot chosen is in downtown Ogden, surrounded by businesses and offices.
The Ogden Temple was originally constructed with 115,000 square feet (10,700 m2) and four floors, one below ground. The temple included six ordinance rooms and eleven sealing rooms. The stone on the temple was fluted and decorative metal grillwork was added between the stone. Gold windows with directional glass also added to the beauty of the temple.
Other structures on the Temple Block
There are a number of other significant buildings located on the same block as the temple. The first building constructed was the Weber Stake Tabernacle (1855) on the southeast corner of the block. It was demolished in 1971 in conjunction with the construction of the temple.
The Weber Stake Relief Society Building, completed in 1902, was located on the western portion of the block. It was deeded to the Weber County Daughters of the Utah Pioneers in 1926, who used it as a pioneer museum. In January 2012 it was moved approximately one block west to a lot donated by the City of Ogden. The move was to accommodate a new parking structure built as a part of the temple remodel.
The Miles Goodyear Cabin was located adjacent to the Weber Stake Relief Society Building as part of the pioneer museum from 1928 to late 2011, when it was moved to the new pioneer museum location.
The largest of the other structures to occupy the lot is the Ogden Tabernacle, constructed in 1956. The large tower on the north side of the building was removed in the 2010–14 renovation.
Spires and Moroni
Compass and picture
Individuals and Contractors
Sources and Links
- Temple at LDS.org(official)
- Temple at MormonTemples.org (official)
- Temple at MormonNewsroom.org (official)
- Temple at LDSChurchTemples.com
- Temple at LDSChurchNewsArchive.com
- Temple at Wikipedia
- “Front Page,” Ogden Standard-Examiner,(via Library of Congress) 13 December 1920. Accessed 13 August 2017.↩
- “First Presidency Inspects Temple Site” Deseret News, 16 May 1921. Accessed 13 August 2017↩
- “The Detailed Story of the Old and New Ogden Temples,” Nighuntokolob.blogspot.com, 17 December 2015. Accessed 2 October 2016. ↩
- Green, Doyle L., “Two Temples to Be Dedicated”, Ensign, January 1972↩
- “Why were the first Ogden/Provo LDS temples designed the way they were?”Nighuntokolob.blogspot.com, 8 February 2016. Accessed 2 October 2016.↩
- “Ogden Utah Temple to receive improvements, Moroni statue”, Church News, September 14, 2002↩
- Stack, Peggy Fletcher (February 17, 2010), “‘Somewhat dated’ LDS temple to get new look”, The Salt Lake Tribune↩
-  “News Story: Ogden Temple to Get Architectural Facelift”, Newsroom, LDS Church, February 17, 2010↩
- Askar, Jamshid (February 18, 2010), “Ogden temple renovation to include significant architectural face-lift”, Church News↩
- Saxton, Bryon (October 21, 2012), “Ogden Temple renovation update elicits ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs'”, Standard-Examiner, retrieved 2012-10-26↩
-  “News Release: Ogden Utah Temple Will Be Rededicated in September 2014”, Newsroom [MormonNewsroom.org], LDS Church, 25 April 2014↩
- “News Release: Ogden Utah Temple Rededicated by President Thomas S. Monson”, Newsroom [MormonNewsroom.org], LDS Church, 21 September 2014↩
- “Museum History”. Weber County DUP Museum. Retrieved 1 January 2015.↩