Inside a heavenly downtown Temple Building loft
On any given Sunday in the late 1920s, thousands of the faithful filtered into The Baptist Temple in downtown Rochester to hear the Rev. Clinton Wunder’s sermons. The young, charming, persuasive and magnetic Wunder had convinced his congregation to demolish its original house of worship, which faced Franklin Street, and pay for the construction of what was then referred to as the “skyscraper church,” which included a 9,000-square-foot Gothic cathedral with room for 1,600 worshippers, 14 upper floors for rented office space and the basement’s commercial cafeteria to produce income for the church.
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