“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Kirtland in Lake County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Kirtland Temple

Kirtland Temple Marker image. Click for full size.
Aug 2006
1. Kirtland Temple Marker
Inscription. Dedicated in 1836, the “House of the Lord,” commonly known as Kirtland Temple, served as the center of the community life for the thousands of church members in and around Kirtland. Distinctive design features include two large assembly rooms with tiers of elaborately carved pulpits at both ends, and windows on every interior and exterior wall. Members and friends gathered on the first floor to worship. The second floor was devoted to church leadership education and training. The third floor housed additional schoolrooms and administrative offices.

According to a local minister, life for many members was difficult. They lived in what he describes as an “assembly of hovels and shanties and small houses.” They overcame their hardships through great sacrifice, with some giving up “even the necessaries of life” in order to build what was then one of the largest buildings in northern Ohio. Kirtland Temple symbolizes the empowerment that comes from spiritual preparation and dedicated stewardship, while inspiring continuing efforts to build up the communities in which we live.

[Second Marker – Erected by The Architects Society of Ohio and the Ohio Historical Society, 1966]
Kirtland Temple
"House of the Lord," Joseph Smith Jr. called this building
Kirtland Temple and Ohio Historical Society Marker image. Click for full size.
Jan 2007
2. Kirtland Temple and Ohio Historical Society Marker
in his dedicatory prayer March 27, 1836. The solemn, massive weather stained structure stands today as a memorial to Smith's followers who sacrificed their worldly goods to build of local materials this impressive Gothic Revival and Classic style temple.

[Additional Stone Marker:]
Kirtland Temple
The House of the Lord

Built 1833-36
under the direction of Joseph Smith, Jr.
Owned and maintained
The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints
World Headquarters, The Auditorium
Independence, Missouri

Erected 2003 by Community of Christ (formerly called the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 41° 37.508′ N, 81° 21.705′ W. Marker is in Kirtland, Ohio, in Lake County. Marker is on Chilicothe Road 1.2 miles south of I-90 (Interstate 90), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Approximately 20 miles east of Cleveland, take I-90 exit 193 (Mentor and Kirtland). Go 1.2 mile southeast on Ohio State Route 306. The road's name changes to Kirtland Road, then to Chilicothe Road as you enter the town.
Kirtland Temple Stone Marker image. Click for full size.
Aug 2006
3. Kirtland Temple Stone Marker
Temple and marker will be on your right. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9020 Chilicothe Road, Willoughby OH 44094, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Four Institutions of Learning (approx. 2½ miles away); Willoughby Civil War Memorial (approx. 2½ miles away); A. Y. Austin Post 74, G.A.R. Memorial (approx. 2½ miles away); Willoughby Veterans Memorial (approx. 2½ miles away); The Willoughby University of Lake Erie Medical College 1834-1847 (approx. 2½ miles away); Airborne Memorial Bridge (approx. 2½ miles away); Front Porch Campaign (approx. 2.7 miles away); Expanding the House (approx. 2.8 miles away).
Regarding Kirtland Temple. The Kirtland Temple was designated as a national historic landmark in 1976:
Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 8, 1976):
Built in 1834 by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latterday Saints during their brief sojourn in Ohio, this structure combines Federal and Gothic Revival design elements. The result is individualistic and typical of those Mormon structures that were the beginning of a series of exotic structures in wood and stone.
Also see . . .
1. Kirtland Temple: A National Historic Landmark
Kirtland Temple National Historical Landmark Plaque image. Click for full size.
Aug 2006
4. Kirtland Temple National Historical Landmark Plaque
Kirtland Temple
Has been designated a
Historic Landmark

This site possesses national significance
in commemorating the history of the
United States of America
National Park Service
United States Department of the Interior
. (Submitted on September 20, 2009.)
2. Kirtland Temple. Wikipedia article on the Kirtland Temple. (Submitted on September 20, 2009.) 

3. Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Kirtland Temple. Site gives a detailed history of the Kirtland Temple. (Submitted on September 20, 2009.) 
Additional keywords. LDS (Mormon) history
Categories. Churches & ReligionLandmarksNotable Buildings
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By Carl F. Waite, Photographer
5. Kirtland Temple
Historic American Buildings Survey
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 20, 2009. This page has been viewed 1,207 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 20, 2009.   5. submitted on September 21, 2009. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Close-Up photo of the Ohio Historical Society Marker seen in Photo #2. Photos of interior of Temple. • Can you help?
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