Taylorsville Utah Temple

The Taylorsville Utah Temple began with the same layout as the Pocatello Idaho Temple. Placing them side by side, you may not know it, as Taylorsville took strong cues from local pioneer-era architecture. One of the temple’s most noticeable features, which sets it apart from other temples, is the sloped gable roofs inspired by many of the iconic tabernacles in the region. This temple will be seen throughout all the Salt Lake valley. It will be a monument as drivers pass by on I-215 and a landmark for pilots coming in to land at Salt Lake City International Airport.

The pioneer inspiration extends to the temple’s interior, with high barrel-vaulted ceilings in important rooms and arched portals. Local vegetation, such as Birdsfoot Trefoil, Red Beauty Bergenia, and Broad Leaf Gilia can be seen throughout the temple’s motifs in art glass, decorative painting, and detailing.

The temple is symmetrical with gothic proportions and a tower that reaches 215 feet. The stone on the temple is a uniquely sourced limestone called Botticino Classico from Italy. This stone has two different finishes to it, Seta and Graffiato, to give it a contrasting look and to highlight the distinct features on the fa├žade. The small site of the temple required a parking garage, which is unnoticeable as it is buried under the parking, landscape, and plantings of the main level.