Summarized by Kent Larsen
Mormon leaders win battle to build spire atop temple
Nashville TN Tennessean 31Jan99
By Kathrin Chavez: Tennessean Staff Writer
FRANKLIN -- The Williamson County Board of Zoning Appeals granted the LDS
Church's request for a height variance, allowing the Church to put a steeple
on the Temple planned for the Nashville area. The variance ends a four-year
saga in which the Church first tried to build a Temple in the Forest Hills
suburb of Nashville, only to have planning officials thwart rezoning requests.
However, the new site has its opponents also. Beverly Howell, who lives
behind the property, told the Tennessean, "It does not seem to meld with the
character that currently exists. It's not that we're trying to impinge on
religious freedom, we're not trying to do that. We just don't think it's the
proper location for this tower."
However, Allan Soderquist, bishop of the Franklin Ward, told the Board that
it had approved a variance in 1987 for a nearly 100-foot steeple on a nearby
Methodist Church. The LDS Temple's steeple will be just 35 feet on top of a
In the end, the Board approved the variance. The Nashville Temple, at 10,000
square feet, will be one of the smaller temples, a change from the 60,000
square-foot building originally proposed for Forest Hills.