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Know Your City no. 17 – Mormon Temple

Know Your City no. 17 – Mormon Temple

Nov. 28, 1955:  A John Malmin image of the Los Angeles Mormon temple, taken for the Know Your City photography series. This photo appeared in the Dec. 4, 1955, Los Angeles Times. The original caption reported:

KNOW YOUR CITY, NO. 17– This is the largest of its kind in the world. And its builders have some farther west than they originally intended. Brand new, this structure is not yet wholly finished. Figure on top is Angel Moroni. Answer on Page 22, Part 1A.

ANSWER: Captured from ground level in the photograph is the magnificent new Mormon Temple on Santa Monica Blvd. in West Los Angeles. Occupying an entire block, the temple and its grounds cost approximately $6,000,000 and constitute the religion’s largest shrine, including the famous temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is incomplete only in that certain interior details are unfinished. …

Salt Lake Temple expansions since 1955 moved the ‘largest shrine’ title back to Utah. For more, check out Temples of The Churches of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints website.

May 10, 2015: The grass has turned brown in front of The Los Angeles Mormon temple on Santa Monica Boulevard in Westwood. Credit: Francine Orr/ Los Angeles Times.

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