Essential Architecture-  Chicago South and West

First Church of Deliverance

architect

Walter T. Bailey; Kocher, Buss & DeKlerk

location

4315 S. Wabash Ave.

date

1939; towers, 1946

style

Art Moderne

construction

terracotta panels

type

Church
 
 
   
Designed by the city's first African-American architect, this unique Art Moderne-style structure reflects the innovative character of the congregation that built it. Founded by the Rev. Clarence H. Cobbs, the church figured prominently in the history of Christian radio broadcasting and in the development of gospel music. Another architect added the twin towers to the terra cotta facade in 1946.

links

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