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Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist

Not an active site.

Address

55 E. Wacker Dr.

Neighborhood

Downtown

Architect

Harry Weese & Associates, 1968

Description

Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist was founded in 1924, but it wasn't until 1968 that the church built its first permanent home. The seven-story structure, clad inside and out in travertine, maximizes its prominent six-sided site on the Chicago River at the intersection of Wacker and Wabash. The church auditorium is designed after the layout of a Greek amphitheater. It is an excellent, refined example of mid-century modern "Brutalism," a French term for a raw and unembellished style. It has a centrally-located wooden podium, and is also home to a 3,316-pipe Aeolian-Skinner organ.

Archived In

2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018