Oakland and Washington D.C. Temples to Close for Renovations in 2018
The First Presidency has announced that the Oakland California Temple and the Washington D.C. Temple will close for extensive renovations in early 2018.
According to MormonNewsroom.org, both temples will have their mechanical systems upgraded and furnishings updated. Dates for the public open houses will be announced at a later date.
Oakland California Temple
The Oakland California Temple will close in February 2018 and is scheduled to be opened and rededicated in 2019.
The Oakland California Temple was the 13th temple of the Church when President David O. McKay dedicated it on November 17, 1964.
The temple was the second in California (following the Los Angeles California Temple) and currently serves Latter-day Saints in the Bay Area of northern California.
The temple’s last renovation, which finished in 1990, took two years of extensive refurbishing and updating.
The Oakland California Temple
Washington D.C. Temple
The Washington D.C. Temple will close in March 2018 and is scheduled to be opened and rededicated in 2020.
The Washington D.C. Temple was the first temple built in the eastern United States and was the 16th of the Church when President Spencer W. Kimball dedicated it on November 19, 1974.
At 288 feet, it is the tallest temple, and it is the only temple outside of Utah to have six ordinance rooms.
The temple serves Latter-day Saints in Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey.
The Washington D.C. Temple