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Daniel Burnham pt 2

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Finding God in Buildings:  The Spirituality of Daniel Burnham,  part 2

Like his cousin Lois Burnham Wilson, co founder of Al-Anon, Daniel was raised as a Swedenborgian.  He wa a successful architect, and was commissioned to be the Director of Works for the Columbian Exposition; the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

Burnham knew that God’s plan for us was not just heaven after we die, but heaven right here and now.

The White City & the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, was a mysterious event that has changed the world. The vision of the purity in its design and the cutting-edge innovations and concepts it introduced to the public sparked change. People’s lives were woven together in ways that only God can understand.

Daniel Burnham’s role in the fair changed Chicago and architecture forever.  It led to his being commissioned to develop the Plan of Chicago years later. Seeds from this plan spread across the country and are visible in the style of many of the city buildings, courts and banks inspired by the his designs.

 

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