After telling people that I like the architecture of Provo’s original LDS Temple, I typically draw quizzical looks. It’s an unusual building, and often an unloved building.
But Monday, residents will get a chance to learn a little bit more about this unique and rare example of Mormon modernism. At 2 p.m., BYU’s HBLL Library will host a Founders Day Lecture titled “Temple Architecture for a Modern Age: The 40th Anniversary of the Provo Temple.” The lecture will take place in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Classroom.
Here is the information provided on the flyer for the event:
When the Ogden and Provo Temples were dedicated in 1972 they were unlike any temples that had preceded them. The two temples introduced a new way of doing temple work and a new concept in how a temple might look. Over time their design has proved to be controversial, but after 40 years it is possible to look back and better understand the historical significance and architectural value of these buildings. As [it] is the lone survivor of the “twin” temples, the Provo Temple stands today as a unique and beloved landmark in Utah Valley.
I truly hope the Provo Temple is preserved over the next few years, and not stripped down and made to look like a suburban cookie-cutter temple, as is happening in Ogden. The Provo Temple is certainly not the most attractive Mormon building in the world — nor is it the least attractive — but it is one of the most unique and represents an important moment in the history of the church and the city. As Provo grows up, this building also is something that gives flavor to the region and that can be appreciated by its increasingly diverse populace.