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Sister Temples: 30 Pictures of the Boise, Chicago, and Dallas Temples

At first glance, Dallas, Texas; Boise, Idaho; and Chicago, Illinois may have little in common. However, if you were to visit the LDS Temple in each city, you would notice each have almost identical architecture. The unique angled roof of the building with the disconnected steeple is iconic to these three temples.  

When were the Boise, Chicago, and Dallas Temples dedicated?

Besides looking alike, each of these three temples was dedicated within a year of each other:


- President Gordon B. Hinkley dedicated the Dallas, Texas Temple on October 19, 1985. He also performed the rededication after a remodeling just four years later, on March 5, 1989.


-President Hinkley also dedicated the Boise, Idaho Temple on  May 28-30, 1984. After an extensive renovation, President Thomas S. Monson performed the more recent rededication on November 18, 2012. 


-Since the temples were constructed so close together in date, President Hinkley also dedicated the Chicago, Illinois Temple. The event was on August 9, 1985.


Think you can point out which LDS Temple picture is which?

Photo of the LDS Chicago Temple surrounded by trees on a clear day.


We will give you a few hints: The Boise Temple has clean, white walls and less-defined brickwork. The Dallas Temple has a beautiful layout of pathways and with walls made of light-colored marble. And finally, the Chicago Temple is surrounded by trees and greenery right up to the walls. 


See if you can spot any more unique differences between these triplet sister temples in these inspiring pieces of LDS art and photography.


Boise Temple Pictures

The Boise, Idaho Temple covers 35,868 square feet. The open landscape and clear skies of the famed potato state surround this sacred building. The beauty of the expansive grounds lies in simplicity. As with all LDS Temples, you will find flower beds and trees. But at Boise, much of the space is taken up by green grass and open air. 

The temple was constructed to bless the saints in their faithfulness. It encourages members of the church today to continue forward on their personal journey on that same spiritual path. A phrase from the original dedicatory prayer reads: 


“Bless Thy saints everywhere. Strengthen them in their faith. Look with favor upon all who walk honestly with Thee in the payment of their tithes and offerings. Open the windows of heaven and pour Thy gifts upon them.”

Photo of the Boise Idaho Temple, featuring a large flowerbed.

Boise Temple - A House of Peace by Robert A Boyd

Angled photo of the Boise Idaho LDS Temple featuring the fountain and fall-colored leaves.

Boise Temple - Autumn Fountains by Robert A Boyd

Boise Temple steeple against a blue and cream colored sky.

Boise Temple - Covenant Path Series by Robert A Boyd

Boise Temple standing beneath autumn leaves.

Boise Temple - Fall Trees by Robert A Boyd

Boise Idaho Temple against a blue sky. A large flowerbed stands in the center.

Boise Temple - Flowers by Scott Jarvie

A side-angle photo of the Boise Idaho Temple taken from across a stretch of green grass.

Boise Temple - From the Side by Scott Jarvie

Distant photo of the Boise Idaho Temple  from across flower beds and a stretch of grass.

Boise Temple - Garden View by Scott Jarvie

A row of purple flowers leads up to the Boise Idaho Temple.

Boise Temple - Purple Flowers by Robert A Boyd

LDS art photo of the Boise Temple with red roses in the foreground.

Boise Temple - Red Roses by Mandy Jane Williams

Evening photo of the Boise Temple, featuring the reflection pool fountain.

Boise Temple - Reflection Pool by Scott Jarvie

LDS art picture of the Boise Temple. Pink roses cover the foreground.

Boise Temple - Roses by Mandy Jane Williams

Dallas Temple Pictures

Characteristic of the state of Texas, the Dallas Temple is the largest of the three. It covers 44,207 square feet. The marble brickwork gives a unique look to the architecture, which is captivating at sunset or glowing against an evening sky.


This building stands as a firm symbol of God’s power on the earth. A profound and emboldening phrase from its first dedicatory prayer reads:


“Prosper Thy work in this part of Thy vineyard. May the dedication of this temple mark the beginning of a new and glorious day for Thy Church in this area. May the voices of evil be stilled. May the declaration of Thy truth be strengthened. May many hearts be opened to Thine everlasting gospel as it is proclaimed by Thy faithful servants. Father, may Thy work grow both here and across the world.”

Photo of the LDS Dallas Temple against a blue and pink sky.

Dallas Temple - A House of Peace by Robert A Boyd

Side photo of the Dallas Texas Temple against a purple sky.

Dallas Temple - Purple Morning by Robert A Boyd

Dallas LDS Temple surrounded by blossoming trees.

Dallas Temple - Flowering Trees by Robert A Boyd

Distant, panoramic photo of the Dallas Texas Temple and grounds.

Dallas Temple - Panoramic Trees by Robert A Boyd

Dallas Temple - Sunrise by Robert A Boyd

"May the dedication of this temple mark the beginning of a new and glorious day for Thy Church in this area. May the voices of evil be stilled. May the declaration of Thy truth be strengthened. May many hearts be opened to Thine everlasting gospel as it is proclaimed by Thy faithful servants." 

Photo of the LDS Dallas Temple and grounds on a clear morning.

Dallas Temple - Morning Calm by Robert A Boyd

Dallas Temple - Sign by Scott Jarvie

Dallas Temple glowing  against a deep-blue sky.

Dallas Temple - Twilight by Scott Jarvie

Photo of the LDS Dallas Temple glowing against a clear sky.

Dallas Temple - Lights at Dusk by Scott Jarvie

Chicago Temple Pictures

The Chicago Temple covers 37,062 square feet. Similar to Dallas, this temple was constructed from marble. The marble variety is gray buff, giving the walls a stunning array of shades and shapes. As with all LDS Temples, the Chicago Temple grounds are lush and welcoming. It is encircled by trees and bushes, some of which grow right up along the temple walls. 


This temple was only dedicated once so far. The prayer focuses on the growing status of the church and what that means for its members:


“Heavenly Father, we see the dawning of that glorious day. The morning breaks, and the sunlight of truth is spreading over the earth. Thy people, once few in number, have become a great multitude, living in many lands and speaking many tongues. Their numbers are constantly increasing. The virtue of their lives is widely acclaimed. We are profoundly grateful for Thy blessings upon Thy work and upon Thy faithful saints across the earth.”

Photo of the Chicago LDS Temple featuring the circular, white fountain that resembles a dandelion.

Chicago Temple - Dandelion Temple by Kyle Woodbury

Up-close photo of the spherical fountain at the Chicago LDS Temple.

Chicago Temple - Fountain by Kyle Woodbury

Chicago Illinois Temple glowing against an orange sky.

Chicago Temple - Evening Glow by Robert A Boyd

Distant photo of the Chicago Illinois Temple framed by winter tree branches.

Chicago Temple - Through Trees Horizontal by Scott Jarvie

Chicago Illinois Temple and grounds, viewed from the front.

Chicago Temple - Entrance by Scott Jarvie

An evening photo of the glowing Chicago LDS Temple fountains.

Chicago Temple - Fountains by Robert A Boyd

Side-angle photo of the Chicago Illinois Temple standing against a gray sky.

Chicago Temple - Cloudy Skies by Scott Jarvie

These three LDS Temples are not the only group of sister temples. Check out our earlier blog posts about the Bountiful Temple and the Mount Timpanogos Temple. Or visit our gallery for more LDS art of these beautiful and sacred buildings.   

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