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First Church of Deliverance

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4315 S. Wabash Ave.




Walter T. Bailey, 1939


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.

Archived In

2017 , 2018