After closing in January 2018 for major renovations, the Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple is preparing for rededication with a public open house. In anticipation of the rededication, which will take place on November 17, 2019, the first photos of the completed interior have been released.
The exterior was redesigned to improve the entry and tower of the temple. The existing portico was enclosed, and the tower’s steeple was raised 10 feet from the existing height to better correspond to the revised entry.
The new design of the wood-and-steel-framed building features an exterior of beige-colored limestone and new art glass windows.
Green, blue, coral and cream-colored art glass panels are highlighted throughout the baptistry, waiting, celestial and sealing rooms. The art glass was created with shell and magnolia flower motifs.
Native flora was incorporated to complement the temple and includes flowering crepe myrtle and magnolia trees.
A public open house will be held for the Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Saturday, October 26, through Saturday, November 2, 2019, except Sunday. Open house hours are Monday through Thursday 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Reservations are not required.
The temple was originally built as part of an effort led by then President Gordon B. Hinckley to build a series of small temples closer to the members of the Church. At its dedication in 2000, it became the 94th operating temple of the Church, and it is currently the only temple in Louisiana. Members of the Church in Louisiana and Mississippi attend this temple.