Mayor Nutter announced the construction of a new Mormon Temple at 1701 Vine Street in Philadelphia this afternoon. The temple will be about a block north of the Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul, on the other side of the Vine Street Expressway. The site is currently a parking lot. The temple will feature two 200-feet tall spires and be approximately 40,000 – 50,000 square feet.
The temple will be the church’s third high-rise temple and the first Mormon Temple in Pennsylvania. There are about 48,000 Mormons in Pennsylvania.
The church expects 400,000 annual visitors to the center-city temple which the city feels is significant. City officials are pleased the new temple will be built in Philadelphia, and not a suburb.