Nauvoo Illinois Temple

FFKR Architects was invited to participate in the recreation of the historic Nauvoo Temple for the LDS church. The original structure, built between 1841 and 1846,was destroyed in subsequent years due to arson and a tornado. By 1850, the temple lay in rubble and the stone was scavenged and used in the building of other structures throughout the community.

FFKR did the primary research on the historic building, studying the few extant drawings as well as the daguerreotype and tintype photographic images. The firm 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 computer-aided design and 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. FFKR adapted the interior spaces to accommodate a fully functioning modern temple, while patterning the design after the time period of the original construction.