By Deborah Carl
The Salt Lake Temple and Architecture
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Marilyn Karras, a reporter for the Deseret
News, recently emailed 12 Salt Lake City architects and asked them
which city buildings were the five best and five worst from an
architect's point of view. Surprisingly, only two of the eight
respondents choose the Salt Lake Temple as one of the best.
The temple, considered a fine example of Romanesque Gothic
architecture, was started by Truman O. Angell on April 6, 1853. Mr.
Angell did not live to see his work completed and his assistant,
Joseph Don Carlos Young, the son of Brigham Young, finished the
project on April 6, 1893.
Joseph H. Young, the grandson of Joseph Don Carlos, continues the
family tradition of architecture. At age 74 he has worked on more
than 300 buildings and is still an active architect. His father, Don
Carlos Young Jr., was a primary architect for the original LDS Church
Office Building on South Temple and Joseph H. worked on the 28-story
LDS Church Office Building on North Temple.
Joseph H. said Joseph Don Carlos not only supervised the completion
of the outside of the Salt Lake Temple, but also designed all of the
interior. He also changed Mr. Angell's plan to build the spires out
of wood wrapped in sheet metal to granite just like the walls below.
Readers agree with me: Temple is terrific
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By Lee Benson: Deseret News columnist