: Joseph Smith Jr, author of the Book of Mormon, directed its construction after reporting having a revelation in 1831. Berea sandstone used was quarried from the base of Gildersleeve Mountain. Mixing Federal, Greek Revival and Gothic Revival architectural styles, it was dedicated on March 27, 1836.
This temple is the first structure of its kind built by the Latter Day Saints. According to Leonard Arrington's economic history of the Latter Day Saint movement, Great Basin Kingdom, the completed temple had cost $40,000. Those of nearly identical design were planned at about the same time period in Missouri however, none came to fruition due to the outbreak of the 1838 Mormon War.
Photo was taken in 1939. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Latter Day Saints; Mormon church buildings; Mormon Church; Kirtland (Ohio)--Church history; Ohio--History--Pictorial works; Federal Writers' Project Places
: Kirtland, Ohio; Lake County;