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Unfolding Destiny

  • Author:
  • Shoghi Effendi

  • Source:
  • UK Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1981 edition
  • Pages:
  • 490
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Pages 358-359

Letter of 18 November 1955

18 November 1955
The drawings for the Temple in Kampala have reached the beloved Guardian, and he has instructed me to answer you on his behalf regarding their suitability.
Frankly, he was very discouraged by these drawings, as he feels that such an ultra-modern style is wholly unsuitable for a 359 Bahá’í Temple…. It seems to him that the modern influence is now so strong and widespread that it is out of the question to get a discreet and dignified building designed for our purposes.
…He is sorry to disappoint your Assembly, and regrets the time, trouble and expense which has been involved in finding a design.
As he cabled your Assembly he also feels that to seek a new Temple site is unwise; from descriptions received at the time of its purchase it seems satisfactory, and there is enough land around it for possible expansion in the future….
He feels therefore that until your hear from him you (had) better take no further steps as regards a design for Kampala.