See Inside New Hartford Connecticut Temple

  • 29 September 2016

The newly completed Hartford Connecticut Temple, which will be dedicated November 20, 2016.

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  • The open house for the Church's 155th temple and the first temple in Connecticut begins September 30.

The Hartford Connecticut Temple opens to the public on Friday, September 30. Photos of the interior and exterior of the first temple in Connecticut are below.

The open house will go through Saturday, October 22, except for Sundays.

Open house tickets may be reserved on tickets.lds.org or by calling 1-855-537-2000.

The Church’s 155th temple will be dedicated Sunday, November 20, in three sessions: 9:00 a.m., noon, and 3:00 p.m. Dedicatory sessions will be broadcast to meetinghouses in the stakes and districts in Connecticut and the Hartford Connecticut Temple district. To enable members of those congregations to participate in the temple dedication, the three-hour block of meetings will be canceled that day.

The dedication will be preceded by a cultural celebration featuring music and dance by the local youth of the Church, to be held on the evening of Saturday, November 19, at the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford.

President Thomas S. Monson announced Connecticut's first temple during the October 2010 general conference. He also participated in the groundbreaking event for the temple on August 17, 2013. The temple—located on the corner of Farmington Avenue and Melrose Drive in Farmington, Connecticut—will serve members from Connecticut, Rhode Island, western Massachusetts, and eastern New York.

Interior glass in the Hartford Connecticut Temple.

A temple was originally proposed for Hartford in 1992, but this plan was postponed when a suitable site could not be found. In October 2010, Church President Thomas S. Monson announced that a temple would now be built in the area. Construction began with a formal groundbreaking on August 17, 2013.

The 32,000-square-foot temple is covered with approximately 9,500 separate pieces of granite cladding quarried in China. The design reflects the building style of New England and traditional American Georgian architecture. The interior features original wall murals, art glass, hand-tufted carpets, and stone from Italy and Pakistan. The temple stands 117 feet tall and is crowned with a gilded statue of the angel Moroni.

Interior detail of the Hartford Connecticut Temple.

Interior detail of the Hartford Connecticut Temple.

“Holiness to the Lord—the House of the Lord” is etched above the entry to the Hartford Connecticut Temple.

The Hartford Connecticut Temple.

Twelve oxen symbolically hold the baptismal font in the baptistry of the Hartford Connecticut Temple.

Entry into the Hartford Connecticut Temple.

A hallway in the Hartford Connecticut Temple.

The baptistry in the Hartford Connecticut Temple.

The baptistry in the Hartford Connecticut Temple.

Instruction room in the Hartford Connecticut Temple.

Instruction room in the Hartford Connecticut Temple.

The celestial room in the Hartford Connecticut Temple.

The chandelier in the celestial room of the Hartford Connecticut Temple.

The bride's room of the Hartford Connecticut Temple.

Sealing room in the Hartford Connecticut Temple.