Comments about ‘Spire atop Idaho high-rise drawing concerns for causing building to look like Mormon temple’

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Published: Monday, Oct. 28 2013 2:40 p.m. MDT

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Lindon, UT

I had no idea Mormons had a patent on spires. Exactly which LDS temple looks anything remotely like this building? Do these same people think the Empire State Bldg. looks like a temple? Good grief! Talk about paranoid people looking for something to whine about.

Wilf 55

That's what happens when standardized Mormon temples start to look like enhanced secular buildings.

Idaho Falls, ID


I agree 100%. I really don't see the problem.
I suspect this is more about a very successful businessman who is known to be LDS, and some people just can't cope with that.
Seriously, some people really need to get a life.

Boise, ID

As an LDS Boise resident... I'm both amused and mystified at the "outcry" over the design of the building. Maybe people who live in the "Moroni Belt" could spot some vague similarity to the spire, and Mormon architecture. (A cube, with a smaller cube atop, and a spire sticking up.)

The best suggestion I've heard so far - install a miniature bronze "King Kong" statue, clinging to the spire!! (Now THAT would be a conversation starter!)

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

This is what you get in "small town America". Get a grip. How about the TransAmerica building in SF??

Salt Lake City, UT

When you're a paranoid conspiracy theorist, everything is suspicious. Next it may be accusing Lego models of looking like a temple.

Plano, TX

It does look a bit like the Manhattan LDS Temple.

Florissant, MO

That look only works on a real temple.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Interesting that so many assume it is non-Mormons complaining. How do you all know that it is not a case of Mormons wanting respect for their religious symbols?

Personally, however, I think it looks more like a particular bird than a temple spire.

Louisville, KY

Don't know if it looks specifically like a temple spire but it does look generally like a church spire.

More to the point, it just looks odd on the building. Like an afterthought. Probably would work better if it were of materials more in keeping with the rest of the structure.


They just need to put an angel on top of it.

Boston, MA

"My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and TEMPLED hills;
My heart with rapture thrills,
Like that above."
~Samuel F. Smith (emphasis added)

Arlington, VA

From the picture with this article, it takes a big stretch of imagination to believe that building looks like a temple. I would think Idaho would have more important things to concern themselves other than this non issue.

Farr West, Utah

If I understand correctly, this is a privately owned building. The owners are free to design it as they see fit. If the design turns out to be unpopular, then the owners will likely change it (as they seem to be doing) so that the building will be a profitable investment.

Concerning the statement that the building is like a temple, nothing could be further from the truth. A spire, though it is an attractive adornment, is not what makes a temple. All temples are built and operated by the authority of the Holy Priesthood. They are dedicated to the Lord and bear the inscription "Holiness to the Lord."

West Wendover, NV

I didn't know Boise even had any big buildings.

Longview, TX

Spires are not an unusual architectural motif. A quick Google image search on the phrase "Nashville skyline" will reveal a skyscraper even more evocative of an LDS temple.

Perhaps it should be the LDS Church protesting, or else the residents of Boise should acknowledge that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Porterviller, CA

Really? the building looks nothing like a temple. Boise's population is 212,000, they've gotten 3 complaints, it's much ado about nothing.

Salt lake City, UT

I don't know that it looks like a temple, but it's definitely a bad look for a sky rise. Pretty weird!

Allen, TX

Have you seen the Boise Temple? I'd rather look at this building.....

Portland, Oregon

Much ado about nothing.

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