Dates for the open house and dedication of the Portland Oregon Temple have been announced by the First Presidency.
The white marbled, six-spired temple with its towers rising above a stand of pines will be opened to the public June 15 to July 8, except for Sundays and the July 4th holiday. The temple will then be closed and prepared for dedicatory services, to be held Aug. 19-21 in 11 sessions. A cornerstone ceremony will be held before the first dedicatory session on Aug. 19. (New temple president called, see page 13.)Attendance at the dedicatory sessions is reserved for members living within the temple district, which includes about 90,000 members in 29 stakes in Oregon, and four stakes in the Vancouver and Longview areas of Washington.
The temple is located on Kruse Oaks Boulevard, near the junction of I-5 and Oregon Highway 218. The peak tower rises 170 feet and is topped by a 13-foot statue of the Angel Moroni. The edifice is covered with white Vermont marble, and trimmed and roofed in green Vermont slate. Included in the temple's 65,000 square feet are four ordinance rooms and 14 sealing rooms, plus a baptistry.
Plans for the temple were announced April 7, 1984, by President Gordon B. Hinckley, then second counselor to President Spencer W. Kimball. President Hinckley broke ground for the temple on Sept. 20, 1986.
The temple was designed by Leland A. Gray of the Church architectural staff, and Lee/Ruff/Waddle are the local architects. Mike Enfield is the project engineer. The temple was constructed by Zwick Construction Co. of West Valley City, Utah, under the direction of W. Craig Zwick, owner and president, who was recently called as president of the Peru Lima North Mission.
Property for the temple site in the Portland suburb of Lake Oswego was purchased by the Church in 1959 for a junior college. However, when plans were changed, 7.3 acres were reserved for the temple.
With the completion of this temple, the Church will have 42 in operation.
The Las Vegas Nevada Temple is also near completion.
The Chicago Illinois Temple is being enlarged, and the Oakland and Alberta temples are being refurbished. Additional temples are under construction in Toronto, Ontario; and San Diego, Calif.