While it’s perfectly normal to reveal an artist’s rendering of the exterior of a Latter-day Saint Temple in the buildup to the edifice’s construction, renderings of an interior are far less common. However, we now have that opportunity with the Pocatello Idaho temple. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the exterior renderings last month, but over the weekend, the Church held an open house for neighbors of the temple site to show off what to expect from the building. The event allowed residents to see now just the exterior and a site plan, but also renderings of the interior.
As we see in most modern temples, it appears that the use of natural woods seems to a common occurrence, which I personally like. I’m not a construction expert, but it almost looks like a Brazilian cherry wood color. Or maybe I’m wrong and my eyes need to be checked. I do wear glasses after all. Maybe one of our readers will know the answer and can educate us. Either way, the interior renderings appear in line with what a patron would expect to see elsewhere. The one main area where temples nowadays tend to distinguish themselves is in the ordinance rooms, typically via murals or molding. Unfortunately, we don’t have an available rendering of that ordinance room, so whatever iconic landscape would lend itself to Pocatello shall remain a mystery until a later date.
We’ve discussed the exterior before, and the building appears similar to other temple stablemates. This is a nice mid-size temple, however: just under 68,000 square feet, according to the Church.
Why the little local meeting now? Groundbreaking is imminent, starting on March 16, 2019! Construction is expected to take between two and three years. The temple will serve more than 64,000 Saints when completed and will be the 6th temple in operation in Idaho.
According to Bill Williams, director of Temple Design for the Church:
“This temple combines classical architectural elements as well as more modern art deco designs and draws upon colors native to the beautiful state of Idaho. The details inside and outside the building will be stunning, from the art glass to the flooring to the grounds. Those who visit this temple will also be able to enjoy lovely views looking out to the west toward the Snake River Plain.”
Beyond the open house, Church representatives also held a briefing for local leaders to show the temple plans.
Seeing the pictures has to make it that much more real to out brothers and sisters of the Pocatello area, who still might be suffering from temple shock. Congrats, friends, it looks beautiful!