If you live in the DMV, you definitely thought this was Disney World, or a castle when you were a kid. Many of the beauty, majestic buildings in and around D.C. are open to the public, and often for free. But, one of the trademarks of the Beltway has only been accessible to Mormons since it opened in 1974.
All of that will change once the Mormon temple in Kensington, MD has a public open house once it completes it's modernization effort in 2020!
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints announced that the temple will start undergoing renovations in March 2018. The 160,000 foot building, which is sheathed in 173,000 square feet of Alabama white marble, is getting upgrades to its mechanical and electrical systems. There will also be a refurbishment of finishes and furnishings inside the LDS church. At 228 feet, it's the tallest of the LDS Church's temples!
After the 2011 5.9 magnitude earthquake, it underwent repairs for four of the temple's six spires that lost their tips.
The first dedication of the Temple was in 1974, which brought in a slew of non-Mormons to the building, including then-First Lady Betty Ford.
The church will announce more details about the public open house and rededication ceremony when work on the temple is nearly complete.