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Curious East Coast looking forward to open house after Washington DC Temple renovation

With its white castlelike spires, the Washington D.C. Temple has captured the attention of drivers along the Capital Beltway for decades.

Knowing it will soon be renovated and rededicated, some are already looking forward to the open house tour, according to a recent article in the Washington Post.

Some have seen the towering, 288-foot structure with an Alabama white marble exterior and wondered if it had something to do with the Emerald City in the "Wizard of Oz" or Disneyland, the article said.

"Finally, for the first time since the 1970s, all those curious onlookers will finally have their chance to peek inside," Julie Zauzmer wrote. "Mark your calendars for 2020. That's when you'll get to take the tour."

The 2018 closure of the Washington D.C. and Oakland California Temples for renovation was announced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in February, the Deseret News reported.

The Washington D.C. Temple, in Kensington, Maryland, serves more than 40,000 members in the District of Columbia area. The last open house took place in 1974 before its dedication Nov. 19-22 of that year by President Spencer W. Kimball.

Read the entire Washington Post article here.