The history of the Nauvoo Temple and of the surrounding lot are reviewed. After the Saints left Nauvoo and the temple was destroyed, the lot went through several owners and uses, until the 1930s and 1940s, when the Church began to acquire portions of the temple lot through the help of Wilford Wood. Finally, in 1962, the Church owned the entire temple block. In the the same year, the Nauvoo Restoration Inc. (NRI) was founded at the instigation of Dr. Leroy Kimball. NRI supervised the excavation of the original temple site and later an extensive landscaping of the grounds. In the 1970s, David A. Baird was commissioned to build a model of the temple, which was then placed on display. The remodeled temple lot was dedicated in August 1977. In 1994, an original temple sunstone was returned to the grounds for display. Finally, in 1999, President Gordon B. Hinckley announced that the Nauvoo Temple would be reconstructed.