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Masonic Temple

Photo credit: Chicago History Museum
Masonic Temple Photo credit: Chicago History Museum

Standing at the corner of State and Randolph streets, the Masonic Temple, at 21 stories, was for a time the tallest building in the world. The building inspired awe among visitors to the World’s Colombian Exposition in 1893. An example of the Chicago School architectural style, it housed offices, shops, theaters, and more — “a city under one roof,” according to an article in the Scientific American of 1894.

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