Construction Updates


Earlier this year, President Nelson announced the renovation of the Salt Lake Temple and updates to Temple Square. The temple will close December 29, 2019, and will remain closed for approximately four years while undergoing a major structural and seismic renovation.

During the announcement, President Nelson said, “This project will enhance, refresh, and beautify the temple and its surrounding grounds. … We promise that you will love the results. They will emphasize and highlight the life, ministry, and mission of Jesus Christ in His desire to bless every nation, kindred, tongue, and people.”

Additional renderings showing the planned renovation of the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been released.  

“We are working hard to prepare for the beginning of construction in a few short weeks,” said Brent Roberts, managing director of the Church’s Special Projects Department. “The four additional renderings released today indicate the careful and elegant approach we are taking in the renovation of this house of the Lord. We also look forward to welcoming many visitors to Temple Square during the next few years to witness this historic renovation.”


Salt Lake Temple renovation:

  • The temple additions on the north side will be demolished.
  • The temple’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems will be replaced.
  • The temple will be protected from significant earthquake damage with the installation of a seismic stabilizer around its foundation.

Temple Square construction:

  • Portions of the wall around Temple Square will be removed or modified to allow more inviting views and better access to temple grounds.
  • The South Visitors’ Center will be demolished, and the Temple Square mission office will move to the Relief Society Building.
  • The Church Office Building Plaza will begin renovation Fall 2020.
  • Nearby roads and pedestrian walkways will be periodically impacted and changed. Additional alerts will be sent to notify you of traffic or pedestrian disruptions. 


  • December 29, 2019—Salt Lake Temple will close.
  • January 1, 2020—South Visitors’ Center will close to prepare for demolition.
  • January 1, 2020—Conference Center will become center of the new Temple Square guest experience. Hours of operation for visitors will be 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily.
  • January 2, 2020—Installation of construction fencing will commence.
  • January 2, 2020—Tunnel from Conference Center to Church Office Building will close.
  • Mid-January—Various trees and statues on the north and south sides of the temple will be removed.
  • Mid-January—The South Visitors’ Center demolition will commence, and portions of the south wall will come down.

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