Thursday, August 13, 2015

Lucky Day

I had such a fun morning; I can't wait to show you what I saw.
First of all, there are a lot of beehives.  Each doorway, including the towers, now has two.
As I stood at the west gate to take this picture, I moved aside to let some contractors pass.
These weren't Jacobsen workmen.  I was intrigued.  Why did they have scaffolding?
I hunted for a spot below the post office wall to watch what they were doing.
I stood directly under these beautiful flowers, in the shade.
I tried several different places and came back to this one, and lo and behold, I saw their scaffolding!
In no time the art glass transom for the south entrance went up.
I held my breath.
It came right back down, so I waited.  In a few minutes, it was lifted back into place.
I will make a night visit so we can see this backlit.
Now there are two.
Robert Jaramillo sent me this picture.  He watched the lintel stone delivery this morning.
I had this view.
Samuel Jepperson painted the old tabernacle while it still stood.  
This lintel stone, which hung above the entrance to the old tabernacle, is a fitting reminder of the pioneers' early efforts to worship.
I've recently had a tutorial on the tower doors.  This is more interesting than it might sound at first.
Take a minute to study the northwest tower doorway, shown in this photo which I took in 2013, and again this morning in the photo above it.  Specifically, look at the height of the doorway, which falls about midway between the two niches beside it.
The threshold for both west tower doors was several feet below the top of the watercourse.
Originally, the stairs in the towers only led to the balcony, not to the main floor, although this changed after WWII.
The tabernacle was built with three entrances on the west side, five if we count the two tower doors.  The center entrance, shown here under an awning, became the entrance for general authorities and performers.  Also, the choir loft could be reached through this door.  The other two original entrances were not the openings on each side of this entrance, but were where the windows are on each side of the gable wall.  The original west tower entrances were tall enough for art glass transom windows.
During a remodel to the tabernacle, the southwest door was altered to be a window to a ladies room.
If you look closely, you can see the original stairs under what became the window.  The southwest tower entrance can also be seen here.  Again,  notice the position of the arch over the door in comparison with the two niches.
At the same time the ladies room was added, this opening between the northwest tower and the gable wall was changed from an original doorway to a window for a new office in the tabernacle.
Today, the three windows in the gable wall are part of the temple president's office, with the recorder's office north along this wall. The marriage waiting room is in the southwest corner.  There are no longer any entrances at all on the west side, just the two tower emergency exits.
Now notice that the east tower doorways, on the right, align with the top of the niches. The thresholds of these two doorways were, and in fact still are, level with the top of the watercourse.
The floor of the tabernacle sloped gradually down toward the west.
The sloping floor was not obvious to tabernacle visitors, although their view of the speaker or performers was improved.
The floors in the temple are level.
However, the tower door openings have remained the same height.
As the temple has been built, the thresholds of the west tower doorways were raised to the watercourse level, but the arch above the doorways was not changed from the original construction.
With the thresholds raised, there is no longer the height necessary in these doorways for a transom window.
My camera zoomed in on the jamb to confirm this.
You are wondering how you missed seeing this.  I am, too.  Many thanks to several readers who coached me.
I like the new lamps by the doors.
These are designed to look like Victorian oil lamps.
This is a beautiful nod to the period.
The new lamp posts add a nice touch, as do the beehives.
The lamps not only add light, but a flavor of the past.
New gates on the north side give the feeling of an English garden. 
Painters are working on the pavilion.
They weren't blocking the door, so I peeked in.
The beehives are carved from quartzitic sandstone.
The east entrance has two at the base of the stairs, plus two on the gate posts.
The steps are stone blocks, not veneer.
My camera zoomed in so you could see how big the stones are.
Each stone has grooves so brides won't slip when they pose for pictures.
There were a few more things to see.
The east sidewalk is now complete for two whole blocks.
Two mountains of mulch were being distributed throughout the temple grounds.
It's all part of the transformation. 


Unknown said...

We were up that way a week ago and turned on University Ave. (I think) instead of University Pkwy! And to our surprise, we came upon the Temple! What a great, unintended mistake! Drove around, snapped a couple of pictures but thanks for all of these! They are fantastic!

Melanie said...

Julie, what an enormous labor of love this has been. I am eternally grateful to you. I have been at times in awe,(of the amazing work on the temple, AND also of your diligence), filled with nostalgia, and so profoundly grateful to be a witness to this miracle. And you did that Julie. Your blog, which you keep trying to downplay and dismiss compliments about. You made me feel those things, as I have read every word, looked at every photo. I strongly encourage you to put this together as a book. Brother Cowan's will be lovely, I am sure, but you should do one, too. You need an editor, and I'm sure you would have many volunteers to help you go through and judiciously choose a hundred or so of the best photos and captions. Your take on this has been half the fun. Do not write it off as unimportant. It was very important to me, and I know it has been a blessing to a lot of other people. Yes, YOU should do a book. I think I will bug you until you agree to do a book. Do a book!

Julie Markham said...

I recently read "Temples To Dot The Earth," by Dr. Cowan. Both the Provo and Orem libraries have it. It's a great book, filled with very interesting details about the construction of many of the temples. If you read that, you'll see why I don't need to write a book.