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Monday, August 26, 2013

Another New Floor

Mr. Crane was bringing in beams on another rainy and wonderfully cool day.
These beams are for the ground level.
It won't be long before the pigeons will be crowded out.
So no one is confused, ground level is through the tower doorway.  Lower Level 1 includes the annex area, shown here in this area to the north.  The annex will house dressing rooms and a beautiful room for brides.
These beams are new since my last visit on Friday.
This decking is at Lower Level 1.  Notice the area underneath.  I am pretty sure gravel and another slab are going down below, but don't worry -- it's not a crawlspace.
This is a view of the same lower level from the southeast.  The gap in the back is for the elevator base we've been watching.
I tried to take some pictures of the lowest level, but it wasn't easy.  This is the opening in the south from the lowest level to a stairwell to the underground garage.
To refresh your memory, I retrieved this picture from June 11th, before the lowest level of the foundation was poured and covered with fill.  The lowest level is big.
This is what it looks like today.  Five openings can be seen on this south face.  A sixth opening can't been seen.  It's on the left and is the entrance to the lowest level mentioned above.
These three openings show the decking and baptistry area.
The large opening in this photo will be the south entrance from the underground garage.  The decking on the west side appears to be a little higher.  Patrons will enter here into a beautiful vestibule, and it appears the cinder blocks are the beginnings of this entrance.
A concrete pump has been busy in the west lot.  The entrance from the west is in the center.
The west lot isn't visible from the construction cam.
This west side will also be underground parking for the new temple.  The cam is visible at the top center of this picture.  The interior of the building it's on is being remodeled, and when the power goes out, all cam watchers are frustrated.
Forms are being placed so walls can be poured.  The upper quarter of this photo shows crews working to complete the Nu Skin campus.  Nu Skin modified their plans for this area after the temple was announced. When the temple is finished, this area will be beautiful shared grounds.
Two cranes work on the temple site.  This black crane keeps the workmen in the west lot supplied.  Notice the tall forms being placed around the stands of rebar in this lot.
Ultimately they will support the ceiling of the garage.
A concrete circle is being built above the west entrance, which is at the lower right of this photo.  Nu Skin employees and temple patrons both will use this entrance.
This is what the entrance looked like today.
The southwest tower cap is being repaired with original timbers and new wood.
Not all sides look the same -- notice the reflection in the Nu Skin building.  All of the Jacobsen workmen appear to be very patriotic.  It is wonderful to see flags everywhere!
New at the site today are historical photos placed by the Provo South Stake on the green construction barrier along University Avenue.  This picture needs identifying, although it appears to me that we have an early 20th century Thanksgiving celebration because I am seeing a lot of cute little pilgrims.
At the Pioneer Day Fireside, Andy Kirby said that the first ceiling in the tabernacle was stunning.
You can see it in this picture.  It will be reproduced in one of the endowment rooms.
The ceiling was lost when the center tower was removed in 1919.  The new temple will have a center tower.
There was no identifying information on this photo, but I happen to know it was taken during BYU's homecoming weekend in 1925.
The Provo pioneers built the tabernacle at great expense.  If you double-click, you can read the caption.  The pole just right of center carried electrical wiring.  In the early days of Utah, these poles were placed in the center of the streets.
The tabernacle was a gathering place for special events over more than a century.  Before the decision was made to turn this building into a temple, restoring it to a tabernacle was considered.  I happen to like the final decision, not that anyone asked for my opinion.
I have not cropped these photos so you can get an idea of where they hang. 
It's now very easy for the many visitors at the site to learn about the tabernacle's history.
I'm not the only one grateful that this building is being restored.

5 comments:

dSquared said...

While it was great to get a recent pic of the 1st west entrance, I really enjoyed the historical stuff. So who gets the credit for them the banners? Jacobsen, the temple department or the local mission ?

Julie said...

I assumed it was the Church. I chatted with the elders at the information spot but didn't ask them about the new banners. I will do that.

Julie said...

The Provo South Stake under the direction of A. LeGrand Richards hung the banners. I've modified the blog to show that.

Michael Worley said...

Will there be two endowment rooms or five?

Julie said...

The special section from the Daily Herald last month said there will be five endowment rooms. I believe they meant to say there would be five sealing rooms, because that is what the plans filed with Provo City show. There will be two "A" endowment rooms on the ground floor, on the east side. One "B" endowment room will be on the top floor. I hope this is helpful.