Medinah Temple Chicago

Medinah Temple

This building was constructed by the Shriners in 1912. It is a colorful Islamic themed building with pointed domes

It is located at 600 N. Wabash Avenue. The architects were Huehl and Schmidt.

Originally, this was an ornate auditorium with seating for 4200 on three levels. There was an Austin Pipe Organ. Shows at this venue included Shrine Circus and the 25th Anniversary Bozo Show.

Over the years, the building slid into decline. The Friedman Properties, the city of Chicago, the State of Illinois and Federated Department Stores entered into a partnership to rennovate the property. The exterior of the building was restored. The interior was gutted and reconstructed for retail use. Large cornices and intricate balcolnly railings were restored. The two 10,000 pound copper domes were restored.

Bloomingdale’s Home and Furniture opened in the retail space in 2002. Recently, the building was put up for sale. There is a current proposal to operate a fitness and life center at this site.

Medinah Temple

Medinah Temple

Medinah Temple

Medinah Temple

Medinah Temple

Medinah Temple

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