Northern Illinois Bahá'ís

Northern Illinois Bahá'ís

Uniting Northern Illinois & Chicagoland

Classic photos: Wilmette's Baha'i House of Worship


Wilmette, IL

After its introduction at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, the Baha'i faith gained popularity in the U.S. through one of its first American followers, Corinne True. True chose the Wilmette site with approval from Baha'i officials, deeming it the "chosen place." While construction began around 1920, the temple was not fully complete or dedicated until 1953. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, it's one of seven Baha'i temples in the world and the only one in the U.S.

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