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Seventeenth Church Attracts the Masses

by Matt B on June 9th, 2008

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Some people may be surprised to learn that this modern, strange-looking building (across from the George Washington Memorial) surrounded by incredible skyscrapers is actually a Church: the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, to be exact.

Encircled by tall, rectangular towers, this concrete structure's round design makes it really stand out from the River North crowd. The church does not try to compete with its architectural neighbors though. Rather, its 'soft' appearance makes it appear more inviting and welcoming, just as a religious venue should. Inside, green gardens and peaceful fountains provide an escape from the traffic and pavement of the city.

The church was completed in 1968, and its design is just as functional as it is cosmetic. The circular shape of the auditorium creates quality acoustics and brings the congregation closer together, encouraging a sense of community. The building also contains offices, a Sunday school, and an underground parking facility.

The Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist may not stand as tall as other buildings in the area, but it is still one of the Loop's significant landmarks and is an excellent example of contemporary design.

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Photo credit (c/o Flickr) Atelier Teee, minvervah, polomex

Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist: 55 E Wacker Dr; 312-236-4671
Church services are Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
Testimony meetings are held Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.
Public trans: Bus # 2, 6, 10, 144, 146
Red Line train (Lake)
Brown/Green/Pink/Purple/Orange Line train (State)

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