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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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  • The Chicago Temple building is full of surprises. From the outside, it looks like a well-built (in 1922) 22 story office building, but, with a spire on top! On the first floor is a beautiful church, a...  more »
  • The Chicago Temple Building , a 173 meter tall skyscraper church, located at the southeast corner of Clark and Washington Street in Chicago; United States, is the First United Methodist Church of Chic...  more »
  • another amazing thing in Chicago that is Free. This church in a skyscraper is very different. The part on the 1st floor you can visit anytime throughout the day. To see the chapel on the 2nd and top f...  more »