What’s your favourite part of the state of Illinois? If you said the Chicago suburb of Wilmette, you just might be a Baha’i. Why? Wilmette is the home of the North American Bahá’í House of Worship, designed by Canadian Bahá’í architect Louis Bourgeois. Its groundwork was laid by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá during His visit to America on May 1, 1912; the temple was dedicated on May 1, 1953. Its construction was paid for by the sacrificial contributions of the Baha’is themselves; today, this “dawning-place of the mention of God” welcomes people of every Faith, every colour and culture from across the world, to share in peaceful worship side by side, its nine sides opening in every direction, standing as a symbol of the principle of world unity and brotherhood that Baha’is see as not only as achievable, but inevitable.
If you think that’s cool, consider casting your vote to name it one of the State of Illinois’s seven official wonders. (Note: Voting ends March 31st, 2007, so there’s not much time left—you can vote once a day.)
Update: Voting’s over; we’ll know at the end of April who won!
photo courtesy of wallyg (cc).