May 05, 2015 - World Religion News
A Welcome Center at Chicago’s Bahai Temple has just opened. The temple itself is considered one of Illinois’ “Seven wonders,” according to the state tourism office. It’s listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In Wilmette, a subdivision of Chicago, the Baha’i house of worship has built a beautiful, architecturally stunning welcome center. There were prayers and choir music for the dedication this past Sunday, May 3. The temple itself was designed by Louis Bourgeois, and features a lovely dome on top with carvings and inscriptions worked all around and on top of it. On the ground, you can see lush gardens and pouring fountains. The house has been the sole Baha’i worhip house in America since 1953 and the welcome center is their first major addition to the building.
The welcome center is open to the public, and is not the main place of worship. The main place of worship is the Baha’i Temple. However, the welcome center is lovely, large and produces an ambient energy that is fantastic for prayer, according to the architects who worked on it.