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Unfolding Destiny

  • Author:
  • Shoghi Effendi

  • Source:
  • UK Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1981 edition
  • Pages:
  • 490
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Pages 356-357

Letter of 22 August 1955

22 August 1955
Dear John,
I am writing you this at the instruction of the beloved Guardian.
As you will have no doubt seen by his recent cable, he has come to the historic decision to build a Temple in Africa, in Kampala. He has been in communication with Mr. Banání about this, and from reports received it appears there will be no objections. The land must be surveyed (this is being done), and design of the building submitted so as to meet health and building requirements.
The Guardian wishes your Assembly to please get busy at once and have a design, or designs, made for the building; it is not necessary to try in any way to copy the Wilmette Temple: the things that are essential are the following:
1. A nine-sided building.
2. A dome, in proportion to the building.
3. A seating capacity between 300 and 500; you could count floor space at 300 or 400 and provide a balcony around the auditorium for expansion in seating capacity.
4. No “chapels” or small rooms should be added; this was a misapprehension held in the old days.
As to materials your Assembly and architect can go into that, but brick or cement would be all right. Stone would seem to be out of the question.
It should not be too expensive or pretentious, but dignified and worthy.
There is no reason why the architect should be a Bahá’í—in fact your use of someone there would get it done faster, probably. The imperative thing is to send preliminary drawings to the Guardian within two months, if possible.
The terrible situation in Persia makes him most anxious to have this project go forward speedily. He feels funds will not be too much of a problem if great costs are not involved.
He sends you and all N.S.A. members his loving greetings…. 357