See photos of crews tearing down the 58-year-old North Visitors’ Center on Salt Lake City’s Temple Square

In the course of the redesign of the area, the building will be replaced by open gardens.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Crews destroy the North Visitor Center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City on Friday, November 19, 2021.

Crews have begun demolishing the North Visitor Center in Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City.

The building, which has been one of Utah’s most popular tourist attractions for nearly 60 years, is being replaced with open gardens.

“This area is becoming a peaceful, serene place in Temple Square,” said Andy Kirby, director of historic temple renovation for Latter-day Saint Church of Jesus Christ, in a June press release. The gardens, which are slated to be completed by 2023, “will also provide a more direct and clear view of the Salt Lake Temple from the northwestern area of ​​Temple Square, and will raise the profile of the temple.”

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Crews destroy the North Visitor Center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City on Friday, November 19, 2021.

The demolition of the vacant center, which was built in 19063, is another step in the redesign of the historic square during the ongoing renovation and seismic upgrade of the iconic Salt Lake Temple.

One of the center’s most famous attractions – Bertel Thorvaldsen’s 3-meter-high replica of the Christ statue, an image of Jesus that has been incorporated into the church’s official symbol – will be relocated to another location in the square towards the end of the renovation project.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Crews destroy the North Visitor Center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City as well on Friday, November 19, 2021.

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