Portland Oregon Temple

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Portland Oregon Temple
Portland Oregon Temple.jpg
Number 42 edit data
Dedication 19 August 1989 (19 August 1989) by
Gordon B. Hinckley
Site 7.3 acres (3 hectares)
Floor area 79,220 sq ft (7,360 m2)
Height 181 ft (55 m)
Preceded by Frankfurt Germany Temple
Followed by Las Vegas Nevada Temple
Official websiteNews & images

Coordinates: 45°25′31.24200″N 122°44′32.00639″W / 45.4253450000°N 122.7422239972°W / 45.4253450000; -122.7422239972

The Portland Oregon Temple is a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) located on 7 acres (28,000 m2) of land near the intersection of Highway 217 and I-5 in Lake Oswego, Oregon. The temple's architecture features six white spires and a white marble exterior accented with green marble trim and topped with a green slate roof. It is 80,500 square feet (7,480 m2) in area, with four ordinance rooms and fourteen sealing rooms. 2014 marked the 25th year the temple has been in operation.[1][2]

The temple in Portland was the church's first in Oregon, with the Medford Oregon Temple completed in 2000.[3][4] In 1989, more than 314,000 people attended the public open house held before the temple was dedicated by Gordon B. Hinckley.[2]

University of New Mexico historian, Ferenc Morton Szasz, places the temple in a group of Post-WWII temples built in western American States, calling the group of Mormon temples "the most impressive religious structures of the entire western postwar building boom."[5]

The temple, the church's 42nd operating structure, serves members of stakes in the Portland metropolitan area, other parts of Oregon and two cities in Washington.

In 2012, the church added a visitors' center which is open to the public daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., which, along with the temple's grounds, continues to be enjoyed by the surrounding community.[2] The visitors' center was formally dedicated by Gary E. Stevenson in June 2013.[6]

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  1. ^ Toone, Trent (7 August 2014). "LDS Church's Portland Oregon Temple turns 25". Deseret News. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Newell, Cliff (28 August 2014). "Reaching toward heaven, reaching out to people". Portland Tribune. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Mormon Temple Will Rise in Southern Oregon". The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon). March 24, 1999. 
  4. ^ "Mormons Plan 2nd Ore. Temple". The Seattle Times (Seattle, Washington). (AP). April 4, 1999. 
  5. ^ Szasz, Ferenc Morton (2000). Religion in the Modern American West. University of Arizona Press. p. 107. ISBN 0816522456. 
  6. ^ Bartelt, Karen Wallace (June 15, 2013), "Portland Oregon Temple: Bishop Stevenson dedicates visitors' center", Church News 

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