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Hartford Connecticut Temple

News Archives

Following is a collection of news items that have appeared on the News page for the Hartford Connecticut Temple. To share your latest news for the temple, please send an e-mail.

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News Archives

August 19, 2016

Scaffolding Coming Down at Hartford Connecticut Temple
The beautifully detailed entrance façade of the Hartford Connecticut Temple is now visible as scaffolding was recently removed, leaving only the base of the steeple to be covered in stone. The public open house begins in just over a month from Friday, September 30 through Saturday, October 22, 2016.

July 29, 2016

Summer Storms at Hartford Connecticut Temple
July thunderstorms at the Hartford Connecticut Temple created a dazzling backdrop of pink and purple hues for the stately steeple. Workers continue to move rapidly to have the temple ready for its open house in two months.

July 20, 2016

Hartford Connecticut Temple Exterior
With just over two months remaining before the public open house begins, laborers at the Hartford Connecticut Temple are working quickly to finish the exterior of the temple. Granite pieces will soon be attached to the pediment and to the tower base.

June 23, 2016

Entrance Columns Appear at Hartford Temple
The slender steel columns that support the pediment over the main entrance to the Hartford Connecticut Temple are being enclosed in stone to become beautiful Ionic columns, adding to the neoclassical charm of this New England building.

June 8, 2016

Progress at the Hartford Connecticut Temple
The rapidly appearing entrance plaza at the Hartford Connecticut Temple is adding beauty and dimension to the granite-clad building. Inside, installation of trim, lighting fixtures, and lockers continues while flooring is laid and walls are painted.

May 31, 2016

Laying Sod at the Hartford Connecticut Temple
Work is progressing at the Hartford Connecticut Temple grounds where rolls of sod have been laid and trees have been planted. Shingles are going up on the temple president's residence, and granite continues to be attached to the temple exterior.

May 12, 2016

Hartford Connecticut Temple Monument Sign
The granite-faced monument sign at the Hartford Connecticut Temple is nearing completion. The name of the Church, the temple, and the address (2 Central Way) are all inscribed in stone. The temple opens to the public for three weeks in October.

April 27, 2016

Hartford Temple Update
At the Hartford Connecticut Temple, the granite exterior continues to be installed, sprinklers are going in, new trees have been planted, and roof trusses for the temple president's are in place. Inside the temple, painting continues and marble countertops are being installed.

April 1, 2016

Concrete Poured for Monument Sign at Hartford Connecticut Temple
A new protruding slab of concrete at the Hartford Connecticut Temple will soon become a beautiful monument sign, identifying the building and the Church. The temple will open to the public in just six months.

March 25, 2016

Dedication Dates Announced for Star Valley and Hartford
The First Presidency has announced that the Star Valley Wyoming Temple will be dedicated on October 30 and the Hartford Connecticut Temple on November 20.

March 25, 2016

Hartford Connecticut Temple Granite Details
As scaffolding is removed from the Hartford Connecticut Temple, the classical architectural details of the exterior granite are revealed. Inspired by New England architecture, the handsome building is a fitting addition to the Hartford-area landscape.

March 16, 2016

Temple Tuesday Update on Hartford Connecticut Temple
For its "Temple Tuesday Construction Update," the Hartford Mormon Temple Facebook page reports that granite continues to be placed on the exterior while counter tops and millwork go up inside. The foundation walls have been poured for the temple president's residence.

March 3, 2016

Interior Work
Inside the Hartford temple, workers are installing marble floors, lockers, light fixtures, trim, and cabinets. Painting is also taking place.

February 24, 2016

Pedestrian Gate Will Allow Access to the Hartford Connecticut Temple Grounds
A new photograph of the Hartford Connecticut Temple shows an opening in the stone perimeter wall along Route 4, which will give pedestrians access to the landscaped temple grounds. The concrete pillars that stand beyond the opening will be faced with granite and will serve as both lampposts and anchors to the decorative gate that will be installed between them. Construction of the temple is expected to be completed before the end of this year.

February 1, 2016

Hartford Connecticut Temple Exterior
Some of the scaffolding is coming down around the Hartford Connecticut Temple, revealing the beautiful granite cladding that has been attached to the exterior. The temple is the second to be built in the New England area of the United States, joining the Boston Massachusetts Temple.

December 11, 2015

Hartford Temple Receives Moroni
The traditional gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni was lifted into place atop the steeple of the Hartford Connecticut Temple today. Watch the video.

November 30, 2015

Tiered Water Fountain Delivered for Hartford Connecticut Temple
The tiered bronze fountain that will anchor the entrance water feature of the Hartford Connecticut Temple is on site, awaiting installation. Several landscaping walls have been poured throughout the grounds.

November 5, 2015

Overhead View of the Hartford Connecticut Temple
Beautiful new photographs of the Hartford Connecticut Temple give a bird's-eye view of the construction progress including the recently installed steeple, the circular water feature at the temple entrance, and the stone cladding on the exterior.

October 24, 2015

Steeple Hoisted Atop the Hartford Connecticut Temple
The Hartford Connecticut Temple reached a major milestone yesterday when two sections of the steeple façade and the shingled spire were lifted into place over the steel steeple framework. Members look forward to the upcoming addition of the angel Moroni statue.

September 6, 2015

Hartford Connecticut Temple Update
Light poles are going up and sidewalks being poured at the Hartford Connecticut Temple site. An ultraviolet light barrier continues to cover the stonework that has been attached to the temple. And shingling is completed on the spire that awaits installation.

August 19, 2015

Shingling the Spire for the Hartford Connecticut Temple
Progress can be seen on the shingling work for the Hartford Connecticut Temple spire, which was delivered to the site several weeks ago. The handsome structure will complete the distinctive New England-style steeple that will crown the building. Concrete has been poured for a beautiful rock wall that will run along the property next to the main road—Farmington Avenue. And a gravel bed has been laid for the driveway that enters the temple site.

July 28, 2015

Spire Arrives for Hartford Connecticut Temple
Standing near the newly paved parking lot in the staging area of the Hartford Connecticut Temple, a slender, cone-shaped spire stands at the ready, awaiting installation atop the steeple. White sheeting shrouds the temple as exterior stonework advances.

July 2, 2015

Paving Underway at the Hartford Connecticut Temple
Asphalt rollers at the Hartford Connecticut Temple are cruising the temple site to pave the new driveways and parking lots. Work continues on attaching stone cladding to the exterior of the building. Inside, framing and drywall work is underway.

May 27, 2015

Attaching Stone to Hartford Connecticut Temple Exterior
Large crates line the north side of the Hartford Connecticut Temple, which hold the beautiful stone cladding that is being attached to the exterior of the building. Heavy equipment is on site preparing the grounds for future surface parking and landscaping features.

March 18, 2015

Exterior Work Resumes on Hartford Connecticut Temple
With heavy snows and frigid temperatures releasing their grip on the New England region, construction laborers have resumed work on the exterior of the Hartford Connecticut Temple where steel reinforcement for the parapet wall is being installed along the top of the building.

February 26, 2015

Progress at the Hartford Connecticut Temple
While this winter's cold and snowy New England weather has detained work on the exterior of the Hartford Connecticut Temple, work progresses on the inside where drywall is being hung. Attachment of stone to the exterior walls will resume once the spring weather returns.

December 22, 2014

Weatherproofing the Hartford Temple
Weathermate flashing is being applied to the Hartford temple in dark strips, helping to form a weather barrier to protect the temple from moisture.

November 8, 2014

Enclosing the Hartford Temple
With blue boards insulating the exterior of the Hartford Connecticut Temple, workers will spray the interior with a closed cell foam insulation.

October 27, 2014

Utility Building Up at Hartford Temple
At the Hartford Connecticut Temple site, a utility building that will service the temple has been erected at the rear of the property and is ready for roof trusses.

October 22, 2014

Insulating Hartford Exterior Walls
A series of horizontal channels and insulating boards are being attached to the exterior walls of the Hartford temple to prepare for stone cladding.

October 2, 2014

Hartford Temple Progress
With the structural steel framing completed for the Hartford temple, work is focused inside as utilities are roughed in and light framing progresses.

August 28, 2014

Steeple Framework Installed Atop the Hartford Connecticut Temple
The Hartford Connecticut Temple received an important addition this week with the installation of the steel framework for the steeple that sits over the east entrance. Following the tradition of New England architecture, the temple will feature many classical elements including Ionic columns supporting a pediment, square lattice windows, and a frieze bearing the inscription Holiness to the Lord—The House of the Lord.

August 22, 2014

Roof and Utility Work at the Hartford Connecticut Temple
At the Hartford Connecticut Temple, the structural steel and metal framing have been erected with exception of the spire, the concrete floors are poured, the roof is being installed, and utility work is underway. Excavation has begun for a storm water detention system.

August 8, 2014

Exterior Framing and Insulation for Hartford Temple
Exterior framing is underway between the large steel columns at the Hartford Connecticut Temple as an insulating material is applied.

July 18, 2014

Hartford Update
Land leveled in front of temple; studs added to parapet wall framing.

June 28, 2014

Hartford Temple Update
The framed Hartford Connecticut Temple is captured on a beautiful New England summer day. The temple stands near the childhood home of Wilford Woodruff.

May 30, 2014

Hartford Connecticut Temple Wings
Temporary roofing now covers the wings of the Hartford Connecticut Temple where major steel framing is completed, allowing the large crane to move to another construction site.

April 28, 2014

More Framing Erected in Hartford
Steel framing for the Hartford Connecticut Temple continues to rise at its wooded location in Farmington, including girders that have been set at an angle for the roof.

April 14, 2014

Steel Framing Begins in Hartford
The first steel beams that will shape the Hartford Connecticut Temple were erected today and fastened to the reinforced concrete foundation. Additional beams stand at the ready.

April 5, 2014

Basement Walls Poured for Hartford Temple
At the Hartford Connecticut Temple, the basement walls have been poured and are being waterproofed and backfilled. The crane has arrived for the erection of steel girders that will frame the building beginning in mid-April.

March 21, 2014

Basement Walls Poured for Hartford Connecticut Temple
The first basement walls can now be seen at the Hartford Connecticut Temple site. With the arrival of spring, construction crews are enjoying warmer weather and accelerated progress. The basement will enclose the baptismal font.

March 7, 2014

Forms and Rebar Going Up for Hartford Temple Basement Walls
With the concrete slab poured for the basement floor of the Hartford Connecticut Temple, forms and rebar are now being set in place for pouring the walls. The basement of the temple will house the baptistry.

February 26, 2014

Pouring Slab Foundation for the Hartford Connecticut Temple
Despite temperatures in the upper teens, concrete pumps and mixers have arrived to pour the slab foundation for the Hartford Connecticut Temple. A handful of trucks are working round-robin fashion to deliver 800-900 cubic yards of concrete from nearby Farmington Ready-Mix Concrete.

February 19, 2014

Preparing to Pour Font Slab for Hartford Connecticut Temple
At the Hartford Connecticut Temple site, construction workers are carrying heavy rods of rebar to the excavation area where a 4-foot thick mat-slab foundation will be poured for the floor of the baptistry. If weather permits, the pour could take place as early as next Tuesday.

January 9, 2014

Excavation Advancing at Hartford Connecticut Temple Site
At the Hartford Connecticut Temple site, excavation work has begun with the deepest area being for the future baptismal font. Severe winter weather is currently arresting the New England region, which slows construction progress.

October 28, 2013

Site Clearing Progress for Hartford Connecticut Temple
Laborers have been hard at work at the Hartford Connecticut Temple site, preparing the ground for grading and excavation. The efforts have included razing residences and an office building and clearing vegetation. The footprint of the temple is marked by white stakes.

October 3, 2013

Preparing the Ground in Hartford for Construction
Standing among the beautiful New England fall trees at the Hartford Connecticut Temple site, construction machinery is arriving to begin preparation of the land. President Thomas S. Monson presided at the temple groundbreaking on August 17, just days before his 86th birthday.

August 17, 2013

President Monson Breaks Ground for Hartford Temple
"Today is a special and sacred day as we bring to fruition the hopes and dreams of the Church members here and break ground for the Hartford Connecticut Temple," said President Monson on Saturday at the groundbreaking ceremony for Connecticut's first temple.

July 30, 2013

Demolition Proceeding at the Hartford Temple Site
At the site of the Hartford Connecticut Temple, demolition crews are razing the existing structures—including an office building and residences—to make way for the beautiful temple complex. Ground will be formally broken for the edifice in two and a half weeks on Saturday, August 17.

July 12, 2013

Groundbreaking Scheduled for Hartford Connecticut Temple
On Saturday, August 17, at 11:00 a.m., ground will be formally broken for the Hartford Connecticut Temple. All are invited to participate in the historic event via satellite broadcast to local chapels. Due to limited parking, attendnace at the temple site is by invitation only.

June 5, 2013

Construction of Hartford Temple Expected to Begin this Summer
Demolition of the existing building at the Hartford Connecticut Temple site is anticipated to begin sometime after the end of June when a business operating there will have relocated. The building formerly served as the Whitman Restaurant. A date for the groundbreaking has not been announced.

June 20, 2012

Plan and Zoning Commission OKs Hartford Temple Plans
On Tuesday, the Town Plan and Zoning Commission resumed a public hearing to receive input on the Hartford Connecticut Temple project. After taking comments, including concerns about increased traffic on Route 4, the commissioners unanimously approved the request.

"I want to see the temple built in a manner that it will endure through the Millennium. This is not the only temple we shall build; there will be hundreds of them built and dedicated to the Lord."
—Brigham Young


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