The Temple Square South Visitors’ Center and portions of the square’s south wall are being demolished to give construction crews access to excavate around the Salt Lake Temple for the significant four-year-long renovation of the historic building.

Demolition work began recently.

The temple closed at the end of December and is being decommissioned for the major project.

Crews are removing furnishings from inside the temple, and hazardous materials abatement teams have begun their work.

Trees around the pioneer temple, which was completed in 1893, are being removed; statues were removed last week.