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New Mormon Meetinghouse Begins Skyward Climb on Clark

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The seven-story complex is downtown’s first Mormon place of worship

Progress on the Mormon Church’s first downtown Chicago place of worship is well underway as crews at 822 N. Clark Street drill their final caissons and move to install the worksite’s towering construction crane. Reportedly costing in excess of $10 million, the Lakeshore LDS Meetinghouse has been in the works since 2012. The upcoming seven-story, 39,000-square-foot religious building will contain congregation space plus meeting rooms, administrative offices, an elevated outdoor terrace, and four levels of off-street parking. The site was previously an empty lot.

Designed by Dixon + Associates of Salt Lake City, the church will utilize a brick and limestone facade and will keep ornamentation to a minimum. The design’s arch-capped windows and a single, modern spire are the primary visual clues of the building’s intended religious purpose. Flanked by two active development sites, the church will eventually be sandwiched between a proposed 15-story residential addition to the historic Bush Temple of Music and an upcoming luxury townhouse development from Col. Jennifer Pritzker's Tawani Enterprises.