The Mormon temple in Kensington, a landmark for Beltway drivers, has closed for a two-year renovation project.

The structure that opened in 1974 is in need of an upgraded mechanical system, and the the temple interior will also be refreshed during the project, according to a news release from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Although the white temple with gold spires rising above the Beltway is familiar to most locals, few people have gotten a glimpse of its interior, since only members of the faith are allowed inside. Once the remodeling project is finished sometime in 2020, members of the public will be invited to tour the temple for an open house, the release stated.

During the project, the temple’s visitor center will stay open, and the annual light display in December will also go on, although it might be affected by the construction. While the building is closed, church members will worship in other temples, located in places such as Philadelphia or New York City.

The Washington D.C. Temple serves 123,000 worshippers from the District, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland, the release stated.

Project representatives are expected to provide additional information about the renovations Tuesday during a media briefing, the release stated.


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