Saturday, January 31, 2015


The restoration of the temple is beautiful.
It's worth a trip to see for yourself.
The windows are breathtaking.
This keystone above the north entrance is original, of course.
Notice the graceful copper water collection system.
The keystone above the gable windows is an eye-catcher.
Every brick, every stone, has received meticulous attention.
A keystone is at the top of every arched window. Next are the Voussoire stones.
Springer stones are at the sides.  These stones are quartzitic sandstone, as is the belt course.
The design of the repair of the tabernacle was never intended to hide that pioneers originally constructed this building.
However, new to the temple is a sandstone transom panel which tops the ground level windows.
Notice the level of the door threshold.  The ceiling begins at the level of the panel, but it is still quite high.
With the scaffolding dismantled, the sandstone watercourse is visible.
The scaffolding was stacked and awaiting removal.
A huge flatbed arrived shortly after I took this picture to carry it away.
The slate on the roof is finished.
The corbels, fascia and soffit are all completely painted.
I was thrilled that my arrival coincided with the sun.
Amazingly, the sun was only shining on the north side of the temple.  Clouds came in rapidly as I walked to Second South.
This last little corner is the end of the huge pit which once covered the entire site.
Gate posts are being kept warm near the south lot planter, with new bases for fences posts nearby.
The gate posts in the picture above are behind the pavilion's cupola in this view from the cam.
I walked around the entire block to make sure I didn't miss anything.
Workmen have told me I miss a lot, so I try to keep my eyes open.
It wasn't hard to see that the driveway has received another pour.
Next week when I visit the site, we'll actually be able to see the new gate posts.
But only if I can pull myself away from the north side.


Joanie said...

These are such lovely photos of the progress at our City Center Temple. Thank you so much.

JayBingham said...

Thank you for the picture of a true saw horse. What else have you been missing?

Julie Markham said...

It gets worse. An onlooker had to point out that saw horse to me. I hope I would have seen it, but he saw it first...

Easy_Going_Dad said...

It's interesting that there are some strips of shiny copper flashing amongst the other duller copper flashing. I'm guessing they're repair pieces and replaced some flashing that accidentally got damaged or something like that. And I'm sure that the shiny color will dull to match the rest of the flashing soon.

Julie Markham said...

I had assumed you were correct -- that the shiny colors were from recent repairs. In fact, I was just informed that those are places where the scaffolding rested right next to the copper, preventing the patina which comes with a little age.

Unknown said...

Will the new panels at the very bottom of the tower base (surrounding the drainage spouts) not have molding or detail like the rest? I just noticed how the temporary steps are being removed from the shingles.

Julie Markham said...

There is some trim there, but it's a little different then the pencil trim higher up. I believe the tower base is complete. When the plastic over the steeple windows comes down, I'll be sure to zoom in so you can see it better. There are at least two different colors of paint on that base and I keeping hoping it will become more obvious as time goes on.

dSquared said...

While I don't like the design of the base of the tower I believe it matches the original:

Travis Brinton said...

I have to say I'm rather disappointed that they couldn't find a way to avoid covering up the top of the lower-level windows. It looks like a glorified boarding-up job.

Otherwise, it all looks gorgeous.

Esperanza said...

Regarding the two tones of paint on the steeple base, I think that is just to make the panels/molding more easy to see.

Chad said...

I think i figured out the tents... they are for people using saws of some sort to keep the equipment dry. Perhaps... Also, I haven't seen any stone pallets around other than what's for the watercourse. I suspect any pallets containing marble or other fine stone for the floors of the interior are probably stored in the parking garage below ground... Could you sneak down there next time and snap a couple of photos?
P.S. Love your blog. :)

Julie Markham said...

Thanks for your kind words. I went down to the underground entrance during my last visit to see what I could see. Not much. I couldn't see any stone. The west stairwell on the south side of the temple is blocking my view of almost everything. But I agree -- any building materials for the interior are surely inside. Workmen have told me the interior is beautiful. A lot of trim is going up. I believe but can't say for sure that the entire interior has been fully sheetrocked.