I am hoping for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to restore the Logan Temple's beauty. At minimum they could add moldings, door handles, etc. that match the style of the original temple. I think they should really go further and completely restore it, or as close as possible. The Nauvoo Temple was restored in this way. While it is technically not the same floor plan as the original (originally endowments were performed in the attic and an assembly hall was on the 2nd floor where endowment rooms now are) it is close and follows the spirit of the original structure and the architecture matches the original architecture. The Logan Temple could similarly be restored.
Here are pictures of the original Logan Temple Interior:
|Original Baptismal Font|
The original Logan Temple endowment rooms featured murals by pioneer artists. Some were destroyed during the remodel. Others still exist
|Original Logan Temple Creation Room|
|Original Logan Temple Garden Room|
|Original Logan Temple World Room|
|Original Logan Temple Terrestrial Room|
|Orig Logan Temple Terr. Room Painting|
|Original Celestial Room|
The original sealing rooms were very ornate.
|Original "President's" Sealing Room|
|Original "Gold" Sealing Room|
|Original Tower Sealing Room|
|Original Door Knob|
|Temple Window Arch in Museum|
|Original Ceiling Medallion|
So there you have it, that gives you an idea of what the Logan Temple used to look like. It had ornate pioneer craftsmanship that was painstakingly and carefully placed as an offering to God. Unfortunately, that craftsmanship was torn out and given to museums and replaced with very boring and simple downgraded replacements. I don't like that the new temple is less nice than the original. I think we should always leave things better than we were given them.
|Current Celestial Room|
|Current Baptismal Font|
|Current Logan Temple Sealing Room|
One of my biggest desires is to hear one day that the Logan Temple is going to be remodeled to restore its former beauty. Precedents have been set for this. The Nauvoo Temple was rebuilt and restored despite the lack of many drawings and the remoteness of the temple. As I recall, someone donated the money for the church to build the temple. I suppose if someone gave the church a few million dollars specifically to restore the Logan Temple they probably would. Also recently we have seen remodels of numerous temple - Santiago Chile, Atlanta Georgia, Ogden Utah. These remodel projects are taking temples from a period of time when the church struggled financially and replacing their original plain interiors with new ornate, nice, detailed, temple quality interiors (and exteriors). The Logan Temple was built around the same time as many of the temples currently being remodeled so seeing its interior re-gutted and restored to its original glory is certainly possible. I even think that it is likely in the next 10 years, especially as the economy recovers.
As a bit of trivia - the Logan Temple is currently made of exposed dark stone in a random pattern. Originally the temple was painted white (with a little red in the paint so I guess really light pink). So originally the Logan Temple would have looked similar to the St. George Temple in color. Logan's weather took its toll on the exterior paint and within a few years the whole exterior was peeling and looked horrible. A decision was made to just let the paint wear off and so that is why we have the current exterior. The stones are randomly placed because they were intended to be covered and never seen. Otherwise they would have been carefully placed like those on the Manti Temple and Salt Lake Temple. I'm fine with the current brown exterior with white towers. It is actually interesting. This does show one of many changes to the original temple. I'd love to see it coated in white, but think that the brown look is probably a better look (and easier to maintain). This does make me wonder how it would be if we did more temples with dark colors and light accents.
I know from my experience that the Logan Temple is well used with endowment sessions frequently crowded. The Brigham City Utah Temple is being built to handle this overcrowding. Likely, other temples will be needed to handle the Logan Temple crowds. As these other temples are constructed, it will allow the church to restore the Logan Temple (which would decrease its capacity) while still meeting the needs of the saints. The Logan Temple was carefully made into a beautiful holy edifice with careful craftsmanship intended to inspire the souls of the patrons. It really is time to have that inspiring interior re-built. I will concede that it will probably occur when a remodel is needed for other reasons (which could easily be now) or when someone donates the money to have it re-done.
Of course the primary purpose of the temple is to provide a place to perform saving ordinances for the living and the dead and the current temple does that. But architecture plays a role in conveying the ideals taught in the temple to the patrons and inspiring them to live those ideals. The original temple did this in a great way and was a powerful force for good (more powerful in my opinion than the current) amplifying the teachings of the temple through architecture, murals, symbolism, and beauty. Hopefully this will be restored to the Logan Temple some day.