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Published: Monday, Sept. 19 2011 1:00 p.m. MDT

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A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

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 is done.


So. Cal Reader
Escondido, CA

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 special event.

Charlottesville, VA

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.

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Beverly Hills, CA

Very happy to see the work continue.

Heber City, UT

Great news


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.

Montana Mormon
Miles City, MT

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).

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