The open house for the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begins on August 10. It will run every day except Sunday through Friday, September 9.
This will be the 152nd temple for the LDS Church. It will be formally dedicated on Sunday, September 18. The day before the youth of the area will perform songs and dances in a cultural celebration.
Tickets for the open house are available for free at www.philadelphiamormontemple.org or over the phone by calling 1-855-537-2000.
The temple will serve about 40,000 Church members in parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and all of Delaware.
Church President Thomas S. Monson announced the temple in the October 2008 General Conference. Construction started in 2011.
The temple is 61,000 square feet and features Georgian architecture “designed to blend with the historic Philadelphia architecture,” according to the Church. The exterior is made of granite from Maine and the stone inside is from Egypt and Italy. There are also original art glass windows and an oil-painting wall mural of landscapes depicting the Susquehanna River and the Delaware River. The temple is 208 feet tall.