If you are into the 1960s style of Modern American Architecture, then a quick visit to the planned village of Templeview is a must. As is suggested, it is the 'spiritual' home of the Morman faith in New Zealand and the 'church's central feature is it's tall spired Temple. A standard design emulated around the world located on a prominant hilltop with views of the surrounding Waikato countryside. You can only view the outside, entry forbidden by non-believers of the faith. However there is a large family visitor centre at the base carpark and all are welcome in. A standard public Chaple is also located in the township. Elsewhere there are neat rows of american styled housing but the most obvious is the now closed Church College High School facilities which were truly outstanding at the time of construction - a complete american styled high school located in New Zealand. Sadly most of the buildings are in the process of being demolished but there is an injuction to save the gymnasium and the strikingly attractive Library building that is located beside the main road. Being whitewashed, most of the buildings, including the temple, are lit up at night and really stand out.
Even better, at Christmas time, the temple grounds are covered in lights and usually follow a family oriented theme.
Not everyone agrees with this particular faith, but at least they care about appearances. A visit, if you have time, pack a picnic (alcohol and smoking strictly forbidden) just to enjoy the steriley clean and well kept grounds.
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