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The Chicago Temple Building is a 173 meter (568 foot) tall skyscraper church located in Chicagomarker, Illinoismarker, United Statesmarker. It is home to the congregation of the First United Methodist Church of Chicagomarker. It was completed in 1924 and has 23 floors dedicated to religious and office use. It is the tallest church "building" in the World, though not the tallest church in the world (see Ulm Cathedralmarker). It was designed by Holabird & Roche.

It was the tallest building in Chicago from 1924 until 1930 when it was surpassed by the Chicago Board of Trade Buildingmarker. This claim counts its steeple to maintain superiority over the 1927 35 East Wackermarker Building.

The building consists of masonry and steel and is designed in the neo-gothic architectural style.

There are three sanctuaries in the building:
  • Sanctuary 1 is 2 stories tall on the ground floor with seating available for 1,200 people.
  • Sanctuary 2 is also known as the "Dixon Chapel" and is on the 2nd floor.
  • Sanctuary 3 also known as the "Sky Chapel" is the smallest sanctuary and is situated below the steeple with seating for 30 people.

The Sky Chapel was installed in 1952 as a gift from Myrtle Walgreen in memory of her husband who founded the chain of drugstores under their surname.

There is one residential area which is used by the Methodist church's senior pastor as a parsonage. On the 6th floor of the building was the office of Clarence Darrow, the famous trial attorney.

Adjacent to the Chicago Temple Building, in Brunswick Plaza, is a large, mixed media sculpture known as MirĂ³'s Chicago.

A fictionalized version of the building is one of the settings in Charles Merrill Smith's Father Randollph detective series, where the title character is the senior pastor resident in the skyscraper's parsonage.


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