Los Angeles California Temple, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Los Angeles

On January 21, 1923, the Los Angeles Stake became the first stake to be created in the state of California.

The stake center, listed as a City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument, is as unique among Los Angeles churches today as it was when it was built more than 70 years ago. Its unusual style — art deco with distinctive Spanish themes — was purposely designed by Church architect Harold W. Burton to no specific architectural design so as to avoid dating the building. Brother Burton had also designed the Alberta, Hawaii and Oakland temples.

The interior is unusually ornate for a Latter-day Saint chapel. The stained-glass windows along its north side include Christian emblems such as a dove and chalice as well as images important to Latter-day Saints, such as the beehive, representing industry.

Above the choir seats is a stained-glass representation of "Christ as the Light of the World" from the Victorian painting of the same name by William Holman Hunt (1827-1910). The chapel has its original chandeliers, solid mahogany pews, hand-stenciled walls and timbers and an 18-rank Austin pipe organ.

Because the building is a cultural and historic landmark, conventional methods for the renovation were not feasible.

"The biggest challenge was the seismic upgrade," said building facilities manager Garn Wallace. "We had to preserve the exterior and not significantly alter the interior, while still making it safer and usable."

The problem was overcome by installing Los Angeles' first helical anchor system, wherein the building is secured to rods sunk deep under the foundation.

Stake President Michael J. Fairclough said he hoped that at this time of rededication members would rededicate themselves in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

"This building represents the basic message of the Church: that we are all children of a loving God," he said. "By its design and its size, this building calls upon members and others to aspire to high and noble purposes."
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  • The Los Angeles Temple feels like an oasis of peace in the midst of hectic traffic and city bustle. Although only qualified members of the Church can enter the temple, there is an excellent visitors....  more »
  • Even though we didn't get to go inside the temple itself, the visitor's center was full of interactive learning and stories to be heard. Our girl's loved spending time here and exploring the temple...  more »
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  • So many things to learn about and such a good place to feel love and peace. Always free parking and has the best of views. Great for walks and nice people to talk to. Such a beautiful building with great greenery. With the visitors center in the back that is open until 9pm each day. At that center it has events each Sunday at 7pm to learn and grow.
  • For the Church Of Jesus Christ (at times incorrectly called Mormons) the temple represents a sanctuary from the world. That is especially true for this island of peace in theat of the entertainment section of Los Angeles. While it is true that only worthy members can enter the temple, all are welcome to enjoy the peace and beauty of the grounds. Los Angeles is also fortunate enough to have a visitors center, in which you can learn about the temple, its construction and the people and religion who hold it so important.

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