Temple architecture

The best and worst models of Latter-day Saint temples

Prominent architect Allen Roberts, who worked on many of the faith’s holiest buildings, discusses these “houses of the Lord” following the overhaul of the Provo Temple.

(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) The Cardston, Alberta Temple is one of architect Allen Roberts’ favorite temples.

Temple work may have slowed down due to the pandemic, but temple construction is advancing at an unprecedented rate.

With The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announcing several new temples at each General Conference, architects are busy designing these sacred edifices for places ranging from Argentina to Zimbabwe and dozens of places in between.

In addition to creating new temples, the Utah-based Faith is also renovating 10 existing temples, including the iconic Salt Lake City Temple. As recently as last week, the church unveiled a new look for the 1970s Provo Temple and its space-age conception, with which one member has had a kind of love-hate relationship over the years.

On this week’s show, Allen Roberts – a conservation architect from Utah who has worked on Latter-day Saint chapels, tabernacles, and temples – discusses designs for these sacred structures, which members consider it a “House of the Lord”.

(Courtesy of Allen Roberts) Allen Roberts, a longtime retired architect who has worked on many temples and other Latter-day Saint buildings.

He explains how these temples are designed, the architectural styles employed, and how some look the same and others differ. Roberts also reveals some of his favorite temples (19th century temples like Manti and Logan topped the list along with those in Cardston, Alta. And Washington, DC) and some of his least favorites (the current Provo temple, for example). example).

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