OGDEN -- State Sen. Stuart Reid stood Monday afternoon on the east side of Washington Boulevard marveling as a giant crane lifted a massive steeple and gently placed it atop The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Ogden Utah Temple.
Sunlight glinted off the golden spire as five construction workers secured it to the building that's undergoing extensive renovations.
"You will be able to see it (the spire) for miles," said Reid, R-Ogden. "It demonstrates the great progress of rebuilding the temple."
Monday's weather was picture-perfect for hoisting the steeple.
"There was very little wind," said Reid.
LDS Church officials announced in February 2010 that the entire temple block would undergo a complete overhaul. Work on the temple is slated to be completed in late 2014.
Steve Fishburn, who is Ogden's business development manager, said the temple renovation will dramatically benefit downtown Ogden.
"It's going to bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to the community," he said. "The number of weddings at the temple will increase."
Local restaurants, retail stores, hotels and other entertainment venues will be positively affected, he added.
The temple will be reshaped to face east and will have a granite exterior as well as art glass windows.
The interior structure will remain largely unchanged, but some rooms will be reconfigured, and the interior design will be updated. The temple will have six ordinance rooms and 11 sealing rooms encompassing 115,000 square feet.
The adjacent Ogden Tabernacle is also undergoing changes, including the removal of its steeple, which will lend more prominence to the temple.
The temple's current above-ground parking structure will be replaced with surface and underground parking. The 18.3-acre temple grounds will also be relandscaped and will have new water features on the east and west sides.
The Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum, built in 1902 as the Weber Stake Relief Society building, was moved from the Ogden Temple grounds in January 2012 to a half-acre, city-donated site at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and 21st Street.
View a time-lapse video of the spire being placed on top the Ogden Temple: