The Brigham City Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stands prominently across the street from the historic Box Elder Stake Tabernacle in downtown Brigham City, a farming community an hour’s drive north of Salt Lake City. The Brigham City Utah Temple is a three-story building with two towers, clad in bright white precast concrete panels with carefully designed relief and detail. The building was designed specifically to be reminiscent, in massing and character, of the pioneer-era temples built in the 19th century, including the iconic Salt Lake Temple. The farming community of Brigham City is famous for its annual fruit crop, so the building is embellished with a stylized five-petal fruit blossom motif. This image is expressed on the exterior fence, in large medallions on the precast concrete panels, in large round art glass windows, and on custom carpets and carved ornamentation throughout the building.
This building, though similar in massing to other kindred religious structures, is unique in design and detailing. The building is situated on an east west axis, and consists of three levels above grade, and a basement. Windows are generously located, all of which include a decorative art glass design with several featuring an peach blossom motif.
The dual spire design reaches over 150 feet into the skyline, making the structure visible from the nearby interstate and throughout the valley. This building, though similar in massing to other kindred religious structures, is unique in design and detailing.
Much in the temple is dedicated to Brigham City and its pioneer roots. It was crafted to resemble some of the Church’s earlier temples. For example, marble floors and carpet are inlaid with decorative designs reminiscent of the mid-19th century.
A dozen oxen supporting the baptismal font (representing the 12 Tribes of Israel) are cast in bronze, rather than fiberglass, which was used in some of the more recent temples.
Peach Blossom Art Glass
The Brigham City temple is adorned with the peach blossom motif inspired by the local agriculture of Box Elder County city. Windows are generously located, all of which include a decorative art glass design. The blossoms are omnipresent yet subtle.