Released Renderings of Richmond Virginia Temple Reveal Colonial Design

Contributed By Sydney Walker, Church News staff writer

  • 29 August 2019

Rendering of the Richmond Virginia Temple.

Design plans and renderings drawing heavily from historical American traditions were released for the Richmond Virginia Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on August 28.

“Many hours of work and planning have gone into the design for this beautiful temple,” said Brent Roberts, managing director of the Church’s Special Projects Department, in a Newsroom release. “We are pleased to share these renderings with Church and community members so they can look forward to the completion of this sacred structure and anticipate the blessings it will bring to this area.”

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, the University of Virginia, Williamsburg, and other sites throughout the state have influenced the design of the temple, according to Bill Williams, director of temple design.

“Temple patrons and visitors will notice simple yet beautiful ornamentation, hearkening back to the humble beginnings of the United States,” Williams told Newsroom. Accents of Virginia’s state tree and flower will be part of that ornamentation.

The two-story building of just over 36,000 square feet will be located at 10915 Staples Mill Road in Glen Allen, Virginia. An adjacent meetinghouse will also be built.

President Russell M. Nelson announced the Richmond Virginia Temple—the first in the state—in April 2018. Latter-day Saints in Virginia, eastern West Virginia, and northeastern North Carolina will be served by the temple.

The date for the groundbreaking will be announced later. Learn more about the Richmond Virginia Temple on Newsroom.org.

Rendering of the entryway for the Richmond Virginia Temple.

Rendering of the stairs for the Richmond Virginia Temple.

Rendering of the baptistry for the Richmond Virginia Temple.

Rendering of an instruction room for the Richmond Virginia Temple.

Rendering of the brides’ room for the Richmond Virginia Temple.

Rendering of the celestial room for the Richmond Virginia Temple.

Rendering of the site of the Richmond Virginia Temple.