Temple Square Past and Present

Salt Lake City’s Temple Square is more than just a place of worship, it is the administrative center of a major world religion. What began as an open-air gathering place has become an architectural marvel in the heart of a major American city. It is also home to beautiful gardens and world class music. Over the years, several buildings have been demolished and new buildings constructed, allowing Temple Square to be adapted to the needs of the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Salt Lake City community. Few of the millions of people that visit Temple Square each year recognize that Utah's most popular attraction is almost constantly changing.

The Bowery and the Old Adobe Tabernacle

Like many Christians living on the frontier in the early 19th century, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints often lacked formal meetinghouses. They congregated in homes, stores, and out in the open air. Before permanent…

The Endowment House

In July 1847, immediately after arriving with the first group of Latter-day Saints in the Salt Lake Valley, Brigham Young announced the site of a temple. As construction of the Salt Lake Temple stretched over the following four decades, the Endowment…

The Salt Lake City Bureau of Information

Since its conception, Temple Square has attracted interest. Many visitors to Salt Lake City were suspicious that the “heart of the city” seemed shrouded in mystery. In 1902, nine years after the completion of the Salt Lake Temple, Church officials…

Salt Lake Assembly Hall

Brigham Young proposed building the Salt Lake Assembly Hall in August 1877, just weeks before his death. One reason for his proposal was because the Salt Lake Tabernacle proved too difficult to heat with the available technology. Like the Salt Lake…

Salt Lake Temple 1966 Annex

In 1962, the original Salt Lake Temple annex was demolished. Until the new, much larger annex was completed, the North Temple Square Visitors Center functioned as “a temporary annex and temple entrance”. Upon the completion of the new annex, the…

Salt Lake Temple Original Annex

Latter-day Saint Church architects, learning through the experience of building the Endowment House and temples in St. George (1877) and Logan (1884), Utah, realized the necessity of having an annex for the Salt Lake Temple. The purpose of a temple…

The Salt Lake Temple

The site of the Salt Lake Temple was identified just days after Brigham Young and the first group of Latter-day Saint pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley on July 24th, 1847. While Young claimed to have received the basic design of the building from…