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History of the Church Series

William Weeks, Architect of the Nauvoo Temple
August 29, 2018
History of the Church Series
William Weeks, Architect of the Nauvoo Temple
Author Joseph E. Arrington,

This daily feature is an introduction to a full article by Joseph E. Arrington. Each Wednesday we focus on an aspect of church history, beginning in New York in the early 19th century and progressing throughout the year to Utah in the 20th century. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

The Nauvoo Temple is well known to students of LDS Church history, but the structure's architect, William Weeks, has slipped into obscurity. Yet he deserves to be better known today, not that he was a great architect outside his group and time, but because he helped to translate the purposes and ideals of the early Latter–day Saints into architectural terms and because his work represented the zenith of temple–building activities during the lifetime of the Prophet Joseph Smith.