Soon it will blend in to the city structures along Vine Street but for now, the City of Philadelphia will welcome the new Philadelphia Pennsylvania Mormon Temple as the saints come marching in.
On September 17, 2011, the groundbreaking took place to coincide with the 224th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the Untied States.
Located at 17th and Vine in the heart of the city's cultural section, the lead architect was B. Jeffrey Stebar of Perkins + Will of Atlanta and member of The Church of the Latter-Day Saints.
It is the first Mormon Temple in Pennsylvania.
Number 152 worldwide, it will be a gathering for members between New York and Washington D.C. where the next closest temples are located.
It is neighbor to Cathedral Basilica St. Peter and Paul, just across Vine St.
The angel that visited the founder of Mormonism, Joseph Smith stands proudly on top of one of the two spires. Angel Moroni is the guardian of golden plates.
This is the view of the building when you stand back and notice it looks familiar. The spires resemble the clock tower of Independence Hall, this was intentional and was masterfully achieved.
I can't wait for my opportunity to see inside.
Also part of the complex is the Meeting House with a Family Learning Center that will be open to the public along with a 32 floor residential tower.
A youth cultural celebration of the region is scheduled for September 17, 2016 to coincide with the 229th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the Untied States in Philadelphia.
September 18 will be the dedication ceremony in three sessions
I found out about the open house after a chance visit to the campus in Salt Lake City last June by talking to a member. I don't know much about the Mormon religion but I must say I am intrigued to see inside. The Temple in Salt Lake, the surrounding buildings, the landscape are all magnificent but again you were not permitted inside the main temple.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Mormon Temple will be opening its doors for public tours
August 10 – September 9 except on Sundays.
Reserve your free tickets now at http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/philadelphia.
It is a rare opportunity to get to see the inside of the temple. After the free tours session, the temple will only be open to members of the church in good standing.