President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, presided over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple on Saturday, September 17, 2011—the 224th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall.
The granite-clad Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple was designed with architectural elements to complement the classic architecture of the neighboring buildings and throughout historic Philadelphia. The spires, for example, are reminiscent of the clock tower on Independence Hall, and the period furnishings inside the temple will create an air of historic Philadelphia. Stained glass panes run the length of the building, which is surrounded by a gorgeous gardens that are open to the public.
The Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple was the first temple built in Pennsylvania and is being erected in Center City Philadelphia, across from the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and diagonal to Logan Square. The Temple was officially dedicated in 2016.
The project was a L.F. Driscoll | Big-D Construction Joint Venture.