Friday, January 30, 2015

Preservation Update: Details on Idaho Falls Temple, Monteplier Tabernacle Renovations

Note: Preservation Updates are a regularly occurring series of posts where I round up recent information on historic LDS buildings and their futures. Depending on the age of the post, there may be newer information available. Click here to see all Preservation Updates.
What exactly is going to be done to the Idaho Falls Temple when it closes in March? Thanks to the LDS Church Temples website, we have a better idea:

"A major focus of the renovation will be to bring the historic temple up to code. Mechanical and electrical systems will be upgraded and structural walls reinforced. A separate exit will be created for brides and grooms, and a large waiting room added for wedding parties—reducing the size of the current office space. In the ordinance rooms, the murals will be restored and the number of seats reduced to increase roominess and improve the room-to-room progression of the temple. Finishes and furnishings will be refreshed throughout the temple, and clothing rental and cafeteria services will be retained."

The temple renovation will follow the pattern of recent temple renovations in the Church--making necessary changes and upgrades, but preserving the historical elements of the temple. The only major change appears to be the addition of a waiting room, but that is in the newer section of the temple. I love that they will preserve the murals--and it might be nice to reduce the room capacity, too. When I visited the temple last year, I realized that the rows were awfully close.


Scott Haskins, an art preservationist who often does projects for the Church, is reporting that this Tuesday (February 3), he is going to the tabernacle in Montpelier (which is currently under renovation) to replace two murals by Minerva Teichert that were removed during the actual renovation. 

It appears that the building may be close to opening again. I will keep checking for updates on this renovation, as well as the many other renovations that are ongoing.

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