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Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist

Address

55 E. Wacker Dr.
Enter on Wacker Dr. next to Wyndham Grand Hotel/Hoyt's

Neighborhood

Downtown

Hours

Sat, Oct 13: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 14: 12pm - 5pm

Family Friendly Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible Washrooms Available

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.

Behind the Scenes

Experience the peaceful oasis of the church auditorium lit by natural light from skylights and bands of clerestory windows.