north on Clark to Washington Street. The Chicago Temple Building
soars above the intersection of Clark and Washington. The Temple
has twenty-one stories plus an eight-story spire. The French Gothic
design stands out among the Loop skyscrapers. Architects Holabird
and Roche designed this unique combination office building and church
for the First United Methodist Church in the early 1920s.
Westminster chimes sound from the tower and are heard throughout
the Loop. The building claims the world's tallest spire topped
with a cross 568 feet above the street. The First United Methodist
church is the mother church of all Methodist churches in Chicago.
The photograph at right shows the Chicago Temple Building at
the southeast corner Clark and Washington in 1980.