The Salt Lake Temple Infrastructure: Studying It Out in Their Minds

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The Salt Lake Temple Infrastructure: Studying It Out in Their Minds

Author Paul C. Richards

Brigham Young created the design of the Salt Lake Temple, and architect Truman O. Angell followed that design closely for the exterior but had to modify the interior layout. Workers laid 7,478 tons of roughly hewn stones from a nearby canyon to form the footings of the temple. Eight feet below ground level, sandstone flagging was laid to form the base for the eight-foot-wide foundation wall, containing inverted arches design to distribute weight. An examination of the building’s stones, vents, elevators, electricity, and pipes shows the great care that was taken in the building of the temple.