I LOVE the Philly design! Neo-classical architecture is my absolute favorite and
I feel it was wrongfully abandoned! It will be a beautiful sight to see once it
Re: A voice of Reason. I agree with your view of the Neo-Classical Architecture.
Simply beautiful. I believe resembles the Nauvoo Temple. Now some of the info in
the article in the Philly Inquirer? I would have liked to have read a little
more balanced article. The article talks about the "mystery" of the
temple but I don't believe mentioned anything about the Pubic Open House, where
anyone & everyone interested may take part in self-guided tours that show
the baptistry, endowment rooms, celestial room and sealing room. Not much more
to show the public then, perhaps, the caffeteria! I can't wait to read of Vai's
View, which I'm hoping he'll give us reader's an inside look at this most
I agree with the comment by "A voice of Reason." The design is
especially fitting for Philadelphia. It reminds me of Christ Church, where many
of the Founders worshiped, as well as Independence Hall. I'm so glad that it's a
full-fledged neoclassical design, not some watered-down postmodern
reinterpretation that pays a weak homage to some neoclassical elements.Yet it draws on unique LDS temple architectural precedent as well--the oval
windows, the placement of two towers, (one on each end; in non-LDS church
architecture, if there are two towers, they usually flank the entrance on the
same end of the building), and of course the angel Moroni and the dedicatory
inscription. The balustrade and the way the pilasters alternate with rows of
windows also seem reminiscent of the Nauvoo Temple.
Thanks to both of you."I'm so glad that it's a full-fledged
neoclassical design, not some watered-down postmodern reinterpretation that pays
a weak homage to some neoclassical elements."I couldn't agree
more! I love neo-classical and it's washed-down all the time, which is truly a
disservice to such a beautiful style. No temple is more or less important of
course, but from pure architectural appreciation- Nauvoo and Salt Lake have
always been my favorites, with a few others. This one looks like it'll easily be
in that group also. Very exciting both in it's operation and design.
Very happy to see the work continue.
From 1993 when we moved to PA, outside of Philly, to 2006 when we moved away,
the Church had experienced tremendous growth. This is very exciting for the
members who have had to travel to either D.C. or NY. Little did I
know the temple trip there was much shorter (2 1/2 hrs) than the temple trip
here (3 1/2-4 hrs) Oh well.
I enjoyed reading the architectural analyses. Thank you. Will the front spire
also be a clock tower? The architectural rendering is too fuzzy for these eyes
to discern. If I'm not mistaken, Independence Hall has a bell tower, so I would
like to see that feature replicated on the temple. I love the clock on the
Nauvoo Temple (or NAUV2, as it's abbreviated on ordinance cards).