As the Salt Lake Temple centennial nears, the inside and outside of the Lord’s House have been refurbished and renovated for this important milestone.
Anyone visiting Temple Square during the summer months of 1992 noticed that the majestic spires of the Salt Lake Temple were hidden by scaffolding (see photo on opposite page), and portions of the surrounding grounds were blocked off by construction equipment and workers. One hundred years bring a lot of wear to a building, and the Salt Lake Temple is no exception. Temple engineers and others have been renovating and refurbishing the temple’s interior and exterior in preparation for its centennial year. The scaffolding was necessary to reach all external areas of the walls and spires.
“It’s been an extensive project,” observed Ken Hacking, temple engineer and coordinator of the projects. Inside, new carpets have been laid, furniture restored and replaced where necessary, and heating and air conditioning systems upgraded. In addition, the cafeteria, lobby, clothing issue area, and children’s waiting areas have been extensively remodeled. New areas were created for a grooms’ locker room, lower lobby area, and audiovisual studio.