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First Church of Deliverance

Address

4315 S. Wabash Ave.

Neighborhood

Bronzeville

Hours

Sat, Oct 13: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 14: 1:30pm - 5pm

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible Washrooms Available

Architect

Walter T. Bailey, 1939

Description

Illinois’ first licensed African American architect designed this rare Streamline Moderne church, undoubtedly one of the most unique in Chicago. The two towers were added in 1946. The congregation is notable for being important to the development of gospel music, broadcasting church services for over 80 years, the longest continuous program of its kind. The church's eclectic decor extends from a hanging multi-colored illuminated cross to a collection of notable murals and carved doors.

Behind the Scenes

See inside of Chicago's only Streamline Moderne church and learn about its long history of gospel music and broadcasting.