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Former Medinah Mosque

at 935 North Dearborn Street [n.s.] (235 Dearborn Avenue [o.s.])

The pastel painting above, Dearborn Divinity, by Nancie King Mertz, is available as cards from Art de Triumph. Cards bearing this painting on their faces were distributed by the Scottish Rite Valley of Chicago in commemoration of the annual session of the Supreme Council of the 33rd & Last Degree of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States of America, held in Chicago on 26-29 August 2006, and were re-issued on the evening of the final Masonic event held in the building, the Valley’s annual awards night on 16 November 2006. Ms. Mertz was named “Artist of the Year” for 2005-2007 by the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau.




The following three images are screen captures from Toth and Parsons Productions’ The Freemasons: The Mystery, Myth and Truth (1995, 2005), which was filmed almost entirely in and around our former 935 North Dearborn Street building, our subsequent 600 North Wabash Avenue building, and Evanston Masonic Temple.


The so-called ”small preceptory” in the adjoining building the Scottish Rite built to the south of the church building, while not relevant per se to this page, as it did not house the Medinah Shriners, may be of interest to many visitors to this site. The small preceptory served as a lodge hall, chapter hall, council hall and commandery asylum until the property was turned over to developers on 16 November 2006. Views of the small preceptory can be viewed by clicking here.

The church building underwent impressive restoration work following the sale of the property. The exterior stone was tuck-pointed, and the coverings over the windows were removed to expose both the plate glass above the front entrance, and the stained glass along Walton Street.

Once the building was no longer needed for construction offices and materials staging/security, it returned to use as a religious venue. An evangelical "low Protestant" church acquired the venue and added floor seating to the large preceptory, converted the former coat closet into a nursery, and put a fresh coat of paint on many of the walls. Sadly, that included obliterating the mural above the stage, leaving a plain white wall in its place.


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This site was last updated 03/08/13