First Skyscraper Above 300 Feet In U.S. Was A Masonic Temple

By Michael Difensore

The former Masonic Temple Building was a skyscraper built in Chicago, Illinois in 1892. Constructed by early skyscraper pioneer, Daniel Burnham, it stood as the tallest building in Chicago from 1895 until 1899. Source: Wikipedia

Built at the corner of Randolph and State Streets by the firm of Burnham and Root, the building rose 22 stories. It featured a central court ringed by nine floors (number nine embeds the satanic number 666. Here is how it looks 6+6+6=18, 1+8=9) of shops with offices above and meeting rooms for the Masons at the very top. These meeting rooms also served as theaters, which contributed to the building’s obsolescence; its elevators proved inadequate for these crowds, and the building rapidly fell from favor with commercial tenants. Chicago’s building height regulations, enacted in 1892, did not allow taller building until the 1920’s. In 1939, The Masonic Temple was demolished, in part due to its poor internal services, but also due to the construction of the new State Street subway, which would have necessitated expensive foundation retrofitting. The Joffrey Tower is under construction on the former site of this building. Both the building’s primary designer, John Wellborn Root, and the Mason’s primary representative, Norman Gassette, died of unrelated causes during its construction. Source: Wikipedia

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