NEW MORMON TEMPLE, UTAH — Salt Lake City is in some respects the most extraordinary settlement that men have ever founded. It has a population of about 35,000 people. Its streets are lined with many handsome buildings. Business is active there. It is in many ways a city of the world, like any other great metropolis. Yet no one enters it without perceiving traces of that Mormon religion, which founded here in 1847 this “City of Saints,” and still exerts upon its life so powerful an influence. Over most of the shops is the motto, “Holiness to the Lord,” and we learn that the Church regulates those merchants’ prices and receives from them a percentage on all sales. Almost every house has its little garden of fruit and shade trees. On each side of the principal streets runs a crystalline stream of water coming from the mountains. Two famous buildings stand near the centre of the city. One is the Tabernacle, of whose huge dome, vast auditorium and wonderful acoustic properties all the world has heard. But even the Tabernacle is destined to be surpassed by the Temple represented in this illustration. It is a structure which at once commands our admiration by its immense dimensions and massive grandeur. Its walls of sparkling polished granite are one hundred feet in height, and its towers are to rise one hundred feet higher still. It is emphatically “fire proof,” for its walls of solid granite are eight feet thick, and the partition walls, floors and ceilings are also of solid stone. Its foundations are sixteen feet thick. The corner-stone of this imposing structure was laid in 1853, but the Temple is not yet completed. It has already cost two and a half millions of dollars. (from John L. Stoddard, Glimpses of the world; a portfolio of photographs of the marvelous works of God and man – 1892)
The Salt Lake City Temple is a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) located on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. At 253,015 square feet (23,505.9 m²), it is the largest LDS temple by floor area. Dedicated in 1893, it is the sixth temple completed by the church, requiring 40 years to complete, and the fourth temple built since the Mormon exodus from Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1846.
The Salt Lake City Temple is the centerpiece of the 10-acre (4.0 ha) Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. Like other LDS (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) temples, it is considered sacred by the church and its members and a temple recommend is required to enter, so there are no public tours inside the temple as there are for other adjacent buildings on Temple Square. In 1912, the first public photographs of the interior were published in the book The House of the Lord, by James E. Talmage. Since then, various photographs have been published, including by Life magazine in 1938. The temple grounds are open to the public and are a popular tourist attraction. Due to its location at LDS Church headquarters and its historical significance, the Temple is patronized by Latter-day Saints from many parts of the world. The Salt Lake City Temple is also the location of the weekly meetings of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. As such, there are special meeting rooms in the building for these purposes, including the Holy of Holies, which are not present in other temples. (from Wikipedia)