Richmond Virginia Temple features colonial design — take a look at the renderings here

Design plans and renderings drawing heavily from historical American traditions were released for the Richmond Virginia Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Aug. 28.

“Many hours of work and planning have gone into the design for this beautiful temple,” said Brent Roberts, managing director of the Church’s Special Projects Department, in a Newsroom release.”We are pleased to share these renderings with Church and community members so they can look forward to the completion of this sacred structure and anticipate the blessings it will bring to this area.”

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, the University of Virginia, Williamsburg and other sites throughout the state have influenced the design of the temple, according to Bill Williams, director of temple design.

“Temple patrons and visitors will notice simple yet beautiful ornamentation, hearkening back to the humble beginnings of the United States,” Williams told Newsroom. Accents of Virginia’s state tree and flower will be part of that ornamentation.

Rendering of the celestial room in the Richmond Virginia Temple
Rendering of the celestial room in the Richmond Virginia Temple Credit: Intellectual Reserve

The two-story building of just over 36,000 square feet will be located at 10915 Staples Mill Road in Glen Allen, Virginia. An adjacent meetinghouse will also be built.

President Russell M. Nelson announced the Richmond Virginia Temple — the first in the state — in April 2018. Latter-day Saints in Virginia, eastern West Virginia and northeastern North Carolina will be served by the temple.

The date for the groundbreaking will be announced later. Learn more about the Richmond Virginia Temple on the Newsroom website.