The Gila Valley Arizona Temple Completed in Record Time?

The Gila Valley Arizona Temple Celestial Room

Celestial Room in the Gila Valley Arizona Temple

The open house has been announced for the Gila Valley Arizona Temple, which was announced in General Conference just two years ago.  The open house will start on Friday, April 23rd, and run through Saturday, May 15th.  The dedication will take place on Sunday, May 23rd, 2010. 

Because the construction of this temple was announced just in April of 2008, with groundbreaking in February 2009, this may be the fastest construction of a temple in history.  Does anyone know of a temple that was constructed in a shorter time than this one?

“All of this came together in just a marvelous way,” said Mark Bryce, temple committee coordinator for the Gila Valley Temple. “During the day or at night, it’s a beautiful building, a magnificent structure, and the people who will visit the temple will feel the spirit of the house dedicated to the Savior.”…

The temple is constructed on the exterior with architectural pre-cast concrete. Art-glass designs accentuate its windows. Interior materials include maple and cherry wood from the United States, along with marble and limestone. Interior murals depict local river, desert and mountain landscapes.

The Gila Valley temple will be the 132nd temple of the Church.

I’ve noticed that the design of this temple’s celestial room seems more simple to that of some other recent temples, such as the Vancouver British Columbia Temple, which will have its dedication on May 2nd; the difference between architecture firms perhaps?

Celestial Room in Vancouver British Columbia Temple

Celestial Room in Vancouver British Columbia Temple


  1. Posted April 22, 2010 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    Maybe for its size, it’s the record. But the smaller, initial set of small temples took a little over a year from announcement to dedication. (In a quick check on, I found Columbia SC took 13 months, 5 days.)

  2. Ryan
    Posted April 23, 2010 at 2:08 am | Permalink

    Our Temple in Anchorage was started and completed in 9 months.

    Announcement: 4 October 1997
    Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 17 April 1998 by F. Melvin Hammond
    Public Open House: 29–31 December 1998
    Dedication: 9–10 January 1999 by Gordon B. Hinckley
    Public Open House: 27–31 January 2004
    Rededication: 8 February 2004 by Gordon B. Hinckley


  3. Gregg Wood
    Posted April 23, 2010 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    The Regina Saskatchewan Temple groundbreaking was on November 14, 1998. It was dedicated on November 14, 1999.

  4. JR Clark
    Posted April 23, 2010 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    The Monticello Utah Temple was announced on October 4, 1997 and dedicated on July 26-27, 1998.
    From announcement to completion was only 9 months 22 days. From groundbreaking to completion was only 8 months 9 days.

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