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Oakland California and Washington D.C. temples to close for extensive renovation, will be rededicated

The Oakland California and Washington D.C. temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will close in 2018 for extensive renovation, the church’s First Presidency announced Thursday.

The Oakland California Temple will close in February 2018 and will remain closed until renovations are completed in 2019. The Washington D.C. Temple is scheduled to close in March 2018 and renovations are expected to be completed in 2020. Upon completion of these renovations, the temples will be rededicated and will hold public open houses. Details for these events are forthcoming.

“The decades of service, the mechanical systems of both temples will be upgraded and their finishes and furnishings will be refreshed,” the press release stated.

The Oakland California Temple was dedicated by President David O. McKay on Nov. 17, 1964, and currently accommodates church members in the Bay Area of northern California. The Washington D.C. Temple, which is located in Kensington, Maryland, was dedicated by President Spencer W. Kimball on Nov. 19, 1974, and serves church members in Washington, D.C.; Pennsylvania; Virginia; West Virginia; Maryland; Delaware and New Jersey.

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