"Is not the object of every Revelation to effect a transformation in the whole character of mankind, a transformation that shall manifest itself, both outwardly and inwardly, that shall affect both its inner life and external conditions?"
Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois, U.S.A. (Completed 1953)
Construction of the Baha'i House of Worship for the North American Continent in Wilmette, Illinois, U.S.A. was completed in 1953.
On the lower level of the House of Worship is Foundation Hall (the oldest part of the temple) and the Cornerstone Room, which contains the cornerstone laid by Abdu'l-Baha in 1912. The auditorium features walls of lace-like ornamentation and a dome rising 135 feet above the main floor.
Groundbreaking for the House of Worship, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, occurred on May 1, 1912, in a ceremony blessed with the presence and participation of Abdu'l-Baha, son of the Founder of the Baha'i Faith. Construction began in earnest in 1920, and the temple was formally dedicated on May 1, 1953.
View a visual history of the House of Worship, created in 2003 for the 50th anniversary of the temple's dedication. Visit the Baha'i International Community website to view photos of the House of Worship.
For more information, please visit the Official website of the Baha'i House of Worship of Wilmette at:
The Baha'i House of Worship