Tucson Arizona Temple

The design of the Tucson Arizona Temple is deliberately simple and understated. The form is reminiscent of buildings in the region, but the detail is not overtly “Spanish” or “Spanish Colonial.” The temple has hints of the Art Deco style with subtle steps, recessed planes, and pronounced corner elements. Located in the foothills of Pima County, the temple overlooks the city of Tucson to the south with the Catalina Mountains as a backdrop.

The building is symmetrical and simple in massing and proportion. The exterior is comprised of simply ornamented cast stone panels, bronze colored doors and windows, and art glass. The corners of the building are detailed simply, and the recessed cornice is articulated with a gentle raking texture.

The interior is a simplified traditional design consistent with Moderne and Art Deco styles: subtle steps, chamfers, recesses and simplified traditional elements. Prominent spaces have simple stepped cornices at the ceiling. Finishes are elegant and quiet, focusing on the beauty of the materials. The art glass combines geometric backgrounds with floral patterns based on abstracted desert flowers.

By design, the Tucson Arizona Temple reflects the calm of its desert environment, as well as the quiet peace the temple represents.