The temple, which cost $3.5 million to build, has foundation walls that are 16 feet thick and 16 feet deep. The interior of the temple is 48 feet high and 90 feet wide.
It took more than 5 years to complete the building, which was started in 1958. The temple was dedicated by Gordon B. Hinckley on July 6, 1983.
During its construction, workers destroyed what was then one of the largest urban forests in America when they removed over 13,000 trees for the site. The woods were replaced with grassy areas now used as a city park.
Brigham City is located about 70 miles west of Salt Lake City in Utah's Great Basin region. It was first settled in 1851 by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The church bought land in the area to create a new settlement to serve as a refuge from wars being fought between Mexico and the United States.
Over the next few decades, thousands of Mormons moved to the region to start new lives. By 1900, there were enough residents to establish schools and a hospital. At this time, the town had 10,000 people living in 500 homes. The economy was based on agriculture and mining.
I'd guess the average full-sized temple erected in a non-developing country costs around $10-20 million, whereas larger, flagship temples in attractive, high-traffic places may easily cost more than $50 million.
In comparison, an average US church-owned building costs about $60-100 million. The largest US churches can spend several hundred millions of dollars; some are even being built now for over $250 million.
So yes, Mormon temples are expensive (though not as expensive as you might think).
However, they do offer a significant return on investment. The financial benefits of having a temple have been estimated at up to $100 million per temple. So if you put one up every other year, you'll have covered your initial investment within five years.
And since only three or four temples are expected to be completed before 2050, there will still be time to save more money...
The temple, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer's architectural critic, "may be the most daring work of architecture produced in Philadelphia in a half-century." According to one estimate, the restoration will cost well over $200 million. The temple was dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley on 6 October 1994.
The temple, which is located near downtown Louisville, Kentucky, has 70,000 square feet (6,500 m²) and can accommodate 5,000 people at one time. It is the largest church-owned building in Kentucky and among the largest in the world. The temple was dedicated by President Howard W. Hunter on 3 July 1979.
The Berlin Germany Temple is an impressive structure that was built at a cost of around $50 million. It was dedicated by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf on 6 February 1995.
The Warsaw Poland Temple was completed in 1998 and stands 42 stories high.
The Costs of Monolithic Dome Structures A standard home's average cost per square foot is around $150 ($290,000 for a 2,000-square-foot home). Would you be shocked to learn that the average cost of constructing a dome is only $60 per square foot? In fact, building domes is one of the most economical ways to build houses today. The reason is simple: Domes use less material than other house styles and therefore cost less to build.
Dome homes are not your typical house. They are characterized by their unique shape which creates an open interior environment. This "airy" feeling is what makes people love living in domes. There are many different types of domes used for buildings, including hemisphere, half-sphere, jumbo jet, balloon, and sugar dome. Each type of dome has its own advantages and disadvantages which will be discussed later in this article.
The overall size of a dome home can vary greatly depending on the type of dome being used. Half-spheres are generally smaller than hemispheres because they use less material and therefore cost less to build. Jumbos are very large because many more panels must be used to cover the same amount of surface area as a smaller dome. Balloon and sugar domes are also large because they need to be when viewed from above since they do not have a flat bottom like a table dome does.