Pocatello Idaho Temple Design Released

Geoff Openshaw

Geoff Openshaw

Idaho will receive its 6th temple, and it is definitely not as jaw-dropping as Meridian.

Confirming that, yes, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is still capable of producing architecturally anonymous temples, the Mormon Newsroom released the official artist rendering of the Pocatello Idaho Temple.

The temple, announced in April 2017 by the late President Thomas S. Monson, the temple will be Idaho’s sixth. Construction is expected to begin in 2019. Temples typically take three-ish years from groundbreaking to dedication, so look for an open house celebrating the Pocatello’s culture (if youth celebrations remain a thing) sometime in 2022.

According to the Newsroom, the temple will be constructed in a new subdivision in the northwest part of the city.

As for the design… it’s one picture, but that said, it isn’t doing much to distinguish itself. It’s just classic LDS contemporary. I don’t see much in the way of aesthetic flourishes or any architectural nod to the Pocatello area (although I’m not sure what that would be – Fort Hall Casino? The cool old town? Costco?). I mean look at the new Meridian Idaho Temple, only recently dedicated. That thing took some chances while also offering callbacks to some early 20th century temples.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful building. It’s awesome that Idaho’s last real metro area outside of Coeur d’Alene and Moscow is getting a temple. Temples are awesome! No one will complain about the looks when they get to stay local instead of driving to Idaho Falls to do the great work. Everyone will be happy.

I’m just confused about why some temples, or “statement temples” are designed with singularity in mind, while others are practically interchangeable.

Oh well. Temples forever! The march toward 200 continues!

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