Designing and Constructing the 'New' Nauvoo Temple : A Personal Reflection
Mormon Historical Studies
Jackson, the lead architect on the reconstruction of the Nauvoo Temple, shared his experiences, thoughts, and feelings on the contruction process and the completion of the temple. Initially, Jackson and his office were hired to do historical research on the temple exterior. They used drawings and sketches, descriptions in journals, stone fragments, archeaological reports, and the original drawings by William Weeks to design the best replication of the original temple possible. Later, Jackson and his firm were asked to head the reconstruction project. Jackson reviewed the decision-making and construction processes used for working with such a large team of architects, interior designers, construction teams, and historical review committees. Although the project was difficult and required hard work from everyone involved, Jackson felt that the design and construction team was guided in their decisions. He was able to attend the groundbreaking ceremony, the cornerstone ceremonies, and a live dedication ceremony. He was spiritually touched by the site of the completed temple and was amazed at the excitement and reverence with which the temple was received by general authorities and the majority of Church members.