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Chicago Temple, Chicago

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The Chicago Temple Building is a 173 meter tall skyscraper church located at 77 W. Washington St. in Chicago, Illinois, United States. It is home to the congregation of the First United Methodist Church of Chicago. It was completed in 1924 and has 23 floors dedicated to religious and office use. It is by one measure the tallest church building in the world based on the distance from the church's street level entrance to the top of the church's spire or steeple. Although by stipulating that a church building's usage be entirely or almost entirely devoted to religious purposes, then, by that standard, Ulm Minster in Ulm, Germany at 530 feet in height is the tallest church in the world.The congregation was founded in 1831 and built a log cabin on the north bank of the Chicago River in 1834. In 1838, it moved the cabin across the river to the corner of Washington and Clark Streets. The current structure was completed after a debate within the congregation whether the church should remain in central Chicago or sell its valuable property and relocate to the growing suburban areas.It was the tallest building in Chicago from 1924 until 1930, when it was surpassed by the Chicago Board of Trade Building. This claim included the height of the steeple to maintain the title over the 35 East Wacker Building which opened in 1927.
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  • I have based this church numerous times never realizing that the offered daily tours at 2:00PM (different time on Sunday). It is a unique church that utilizes their mixed use building in downtown Chic...  more »
  • At 2pm daily a free tour starts. You meet in the main reception area a guide will come out to see you. Please please put a contribution in the box towards this wonderful place they welcome you with an...  more »
  • Beautiful church, open to the public; lots of carved wood and stained glass (with some scenes of Chicago) and a cross the KKK had burned, and they transformed it into an art piece. At 2 PM small group...  more »

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