San Diego Temple begins taking shape

As the spires have risen over the San Diego California Temple, public interest in the temple has also risen.

Because of the location of the temple, adjacent to the I-5 freeway in north San Diego near La Jolla, its rapidly emerging shape has created widespread attention. Nearly 250,000 vehicles travel pass the site each day.Several local television stations have sent camera crews to photograph the temple, now about 50 percent completed, reported Clyde Romney, chairman of the San Diego Multi-Region Public Affairs Council of the Church. News accounts and photos also appear regularly in area newspapers and magazines, he said.

Floyd Packard, vice chairman of the temple committee, said even at this early point in construction, "We have been deluged with requests for information about the public tours."

Interest, he said, is also increasing among Church members within the temple district, which includes four California counties and extends into northern Baja California in Mexico. Stake presidents in the temple district and members of the temple committee have toured the partially completed structure in preparation for the public open house and dedication.

"We are planning for a tremendous turnout both from the public and from members when the open house is held," said Brother Romney. No dates have been announced for the open house, but the building is expected to be completed early in 1993, he said.

Local stake public affairs directors have met with the Multi-Region Public Affairs Council and are helping in the massive effort to make sure the open house is well-attended by both members and non-members, he said.

Construction is proceeding on schedule, according to the general contractor, Okland Construction of Salt Lake City.

Much of the landscaping has already begun so the lawns, shrubbery and trees will be well established upon completion of the construction.

Located on an eight-acre site, the temple contains 59,000 square feet. It will occupy only 3 percent of the site, leaving the surrounding area to be landscaped in an attractive and park-like setting, said Brother Romney.

Since the groundbreaking in February 1988, much of the work has involved grading and pouring concrete. When the metal frames of the several spires were put in place recently, the public was treated to its first look of how impressive the building will be.

The temple will dominate the area with its 190-foot spires, Angel Moroni statue, and bright white exterior, said Brother Romney.