Monday, The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced plans to reconstruct the Anchorage Alaska Temple.
According to a Church news release, the reconstructed temple will be located at 13111 Brayton Drive, which is currently used as a meeting house on the same property as the existing temple located at 13161 Brayton Drive.
The reconstructed temple will be more than twice the size of the existing 11,930 square-foot temple. Plans show it will be a standard two-room, 40-seat building of approximately 30,000 square feet.
Construction will begin in early 2024 and is expected to be completed by the summer of 2026.
The existing temple will remain open until the completion of construction. Once the newly reconstructed temple is operating, the original Anchorage Temple will be decommissioned and a new meetinghouse will be constructed in its place.
President Gordon B. Hinkley originally dedicated the existing temple in January 1999. It was remodeled to be larger and rededicated in February 2004, and will now be completely reconstructed almost 20 years later.
The dates for the open house and dedication of the reconstructed temple will be announced closer to the project’s completion.