FFKR was invited to participate in the recreation of the historic Nauvoo Temple for the LDS church. The original building was built between 1841 and 1846. The temple was destroyed in subsequent years by an arsonist’s fire and a tornado. By 1850, the building lay in rubble and the stone was scavenged to build other buildings throughout the community.
FFKR did the primary research on the historic building studying the few extant drawings and studying the daguerreotype and tintype photographic images. We also worked with a stone conservator to study each known temple stone fragment to understand its place on the building and its varied surface textures and features. This information was carefully entered into the computer for precise CAD drafting. The project involved recreating the historic exterior of the building using modern building materials and techniques. The building has modern plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems. We adapted the interior spaces to accommodate a fully functioning modern temple, with the intent to make these spaces appear appropriate to the time period of the original construction.
Client The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsSize 37,000 sf