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Mormon temple expects opening in spring after pandemic delays

Temple will be open to public for first time in nearly 50 years

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The Mormon Temple in Kensington is planning to hold an open house in the spring of 2022. The temple was last open to the public in 1974.

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The Washington, D.C., Temple, known informally as the Mormon temple in Kensington, will open to the public in the spring for the first time in nearly 50 years.

As of Tuesday, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints said on the temple’s website that a public open house would take place between April 28 and June 4, 2022. The temple will hold a rededication ceremony on June 19.

Ticket information will be available starting Nov. 1 at dctemple.org.

The temple was last open to the public in 1974, its first year, when more than 750,000 visitors toured the building.

The 160,000-square-foot temple closed in 2018 for renovations, which included improvements to electrical, lighting and plumbing systems. New flooring, wood finishes and art glass was also added, according to a video the church posted on Tuesday.

The temple originally planned to hold the open house in September and October 2020, followed by a rededication in December. But those plans were put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com