Two temples scheduled for exterior preservation

Major exterior preservation projects at the Logan and Manti temples have been announced by the First Presidency.

The projects will include replacement or restoration of deteriorating stone, repair of mortar joints, and stripping, repair and painting of woodwork on windows. The two projects are expected to take more than a year to complete.Located on the eastern bench of Logan in northern Utah, the Logan Temple was completed in 1884. It was the second temple completed in Utah after the Mormon pioneers settled Utah. The sandstone parapets, buttresses, water tables and window sills will be restored and, in some cases, replaced. The dark quartzite and siliceous limestone walls are in need only of cleaning and mortar repair.

The Manti Temple, in central Utah's Sanpete Valley, was completed in 1888. It was the third temple completed by the pioneer Saints. The exterior of the temple is a cream-colored oolite limestone taken from a nearby quarry, which will also supply replacement stones for the more weather-worn portions of the exterior.

Both temples underwent extensive interior renovation and restoration in recent years. They will continue normal operating schedules during the exterior-preservation work.

Jacobsen Construction Company of Salt Lake City is the construction management firm for the Logan Temple project. A contract has yet to be awarded for the Manti Temple restoration.

Architect for the preservation projects is Harry Weese Associates, Chicago, the same firm involved in similar restoration at the Washington Temple last year and at the Salt Lake Temple three years ago.