May 26, 2011

Houses of Worship: Selective

Lake View Congregational
 Township/City of Lake View
once located on Seminary & Lill
1908 image - Chicago History in Postcards
below is a 1894 Sanborn Map of the church that was must have been built when Lake View was either a township or city due to its name and location
with a planned new church?
per this 1894 Sanborn Fire Map
According to the 1923 map the church was gone and replaced by flats/apartment buildings
zoomed view of above map below with Google view
The 'Chapel' on Broadway

Below is a small tale of this Sunday School 
(first column only)
southwest corner of Halsted and Barry
Built in the neighborhood of Lake View
1929 illustration
1923 Sanborn Fire Map that highlights the church 
Illinois Masonic Hospital & St. Sebastian's Catholic Church
this 1923 Sanborn Fire Map highlights not only the church but Illinois Masonic Hospital and St. Sebastian Parish

Judy DeVita Carlson, a contributor to 'LakeView Historical', attended Sunday School there, was baptized there and went to summer camp. She mentioned that "the church was very good at attracting young people and keeping them active and interested in their Gospel message. Their youth groups were called Chums and Guards for girls. Separate age groups. The boys were Pals and Pioneers. Physical activity was competitive games followed by Bible talk and "witnessing" about your personal relationship with Jesus. Camp was not co-ed. Held at a Christian Bible camp on Lake Waubesaa in MacFarland, Wisconsin. Time was probably 1950 or so until 1959. Great times!"
Christ Church of Chicago
on Buckingham Place
currently called ...
currently located at 6047 N Rockwell

'Christ Church of Chicago had its beginnings in 1946 when a group of first-generation Japanese-Americans met to worship together after arriving in Chicago for the first time. They had recently been released from the World War II Relocation Camps and they were seeking to strengthen ties with others in the Japanese-American community and to fill their spiritual needs. The membership grew rapidly as the congregation worshipped in various locations until the joyous day in 1954 when they were finally able to purchase their first home on Buckingham Place in the Lakeview area. The church was a busy gathering place for three generations of Japanese-Americans.' - their website
My guess is that the Temple Emanuel building located at 703 Buckingham Place was the spiritual home of this congregation after the Jewish congregation moved in 1954.
Lakeside Japanese Christian Church
Wellington & Sheffield
image - Chicago City of Neighborhoods
Article about the congregation 1985
(click on article to enlarge)
 Article about the congregation 1987
(click on article to enlarge)
Second Church of Christ, Scientist
Built in the District of Lake View
corner of Wrightwood & Pine Grove

The church was dedicated on Easter Sunday 1901, with four services accommodating more than 10,000 attendees. At the time, the church’s most notable neighbor was George Ferris known for his famous Chicago Ferris Wheel that moved to a space along Clark Street north of Wrightwood Avenue by the late 1890's. Ferris Wheel Park was located two blocks away from the church on Pine Grove.

The Twelfth Christian Church Science

1950 Sanborn Fire Map highlights the building
The north-side locations as of 1942
The Replacement as of 1975
(click to enlarge)

Second Unitarian Church of Chicago
Built in the Township of Lake View
656 W Barry Avenue
100 years of service 1957
(click to enlarge)
1902   The congregation's mission makes a turning point when it calls Fred V. Hawley, an experienced minister already serving in Chicago increased church attendance. The congregation purchases a lot and builds the current church building at Barry Avenue.
1940's-1950's  Rev. Heyworth organizes the Lake View Council on Religious Action, a group of local ministers, priests, and rabbis. The reverend and Mrs. Heyworth move into the upper level of the church building (the part currently known as the “loft”). In 1969 the members adopt the name Second Unitarian Church as a way to modernize its image.
Wellington Avenue 
United Church of Christ
Built in the Township of Lake View
photo - Lake View Patch 2012
Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ was organized as an amalgamation of two congregations (The Evanston Avenue Congregational Church and the Lincoln Park Congregational Church) in May 20, 1909. It was this uniting congregation that bought the property and built the present church building. Work on the building was begun July 14, 1910. The cornerstone was laid on November 24, 1910. By 1970, the Good Shepard MCC merged with the existing congregation. Wellington Avenue Church has a long history of involvement in social justice issues on the state, national and international levels. In the mid-1980's this church joined a sanctuary network for refugees in this country. Wellington United has offered a place of refuge for a wide variety of folks: Cuban, Chilean, Guatemalan, Vietnamese, and South African exiles as well as conscience objectors. One of congregations past members and minister was 
Dick Simpson who was a college professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago & independent alderman of the 44th ward.
The Salvation Army Church
1923 Sanborn Fire Map highlights the church 
near the corner of Wilton & School
I am sure there is a relationship between the training facility at Addison and Broadway and this church
Waveland Congregation Church
Built in the Township of Lake View
Waveland & Janssen
The Fire

photos - Kent Bartram 
via Forgotten Chicago on Facebook
Some Historical Stories via
 Chicago Public Library - Chicago Tribune 
1909 fire and brimstone

1943 remodeling
1961 An Anniversary 
Church of Scientology
Built in the neighborhood of Lake View
photo - Yelp! since 1970's
Their first church and different from Christian Church Science
Grace Chicago Church
3252 N Broadway
Located in the gymnasium of a public school

The Churches Made of Wood
All of these churches were constructed at the turn of the 20th century. The design is grandly simple and pastoral fitting of the protestant style of architecture of that period. This section is Chicago Sojourn with more photos from this source.
2015 renovations and repairs 
via their '1883 Project' on Facebook
Built in 1884 in the old township of Lake View in the community of Ravenswood. This church served as a reference point for the village for meetings as well as the use of its steeple bell to ring out the call to volunteer firefighters. The church was a spiritual home to thousands of Ravenswood residents at the time. 
2016 image Paul Mallatt via Picture of Chicago-Facebook 
 2016 image Paul Mallatt via Picture of Chicago-Facebook 
 2016 images Paul Mallatt via Picture of Chicago-Facebook 
Addison Street Community Church
2132 W Addison Street built in the days of the 
District of Lake View
Christian Community Church
 located at 2135 W Wilson Avenue
was established in the community of Ravenswood 
within the District of Lake View by 1922. 
Resurrection Covenant Church
3901 N. Marshfield Avenue 
District of Lake View
formerly known as
Swedish Evangelical Mission Covenant Church of Cuyler
1700 W. Farragut Avenue
 District of Lake View
permit to demolish 2017
The Church Beginnings
photo - Chicago Architecture
 photo - DNAinfo
 photo above & below - DNAinfo
An Uncertain Future
by DNAinfo
photo above - DNAinfo
photo below - Daniel Rankin 
via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
the windows and most artifacts of interest were saved
2017 photo below 
Daniel Rankin via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
Churches of the Past: Lake View
Western Avenue to the lake
Graceland (Irving Park Road) to Fullerton
An Historical Account 
History of Cook County Illinois 1884 pgs.722-723
By A.T. Andreas
The Emanuel Church the Evangelical Association of North America - a few years before the great fire a few families left the Evangelical Church then located on the corner of Wells Street and Chicago Avenue. They formed a temporary society of an independent nature with Rev JP Krasmer in charge and held their services in a hall on Wells Street. In the year 1871 by agreement they made application to the Illinois Conference of the Evangelical Association for a minister and Rev C Augenstein was appointed to preside over the Church. At the time of this temporary organization the few members built a small church on a private lot. In 1874 Rev Mr Augensteln's time expired and Rev C Hummel was appointed by the Conference. He remained two years his successor in April 1876 being Rev WF Walker Rev S Dickover became pastor in 1879 serving his church two years. In April 1881 the Rev JC Kierst the present incumbent was appointed by the Conference to take charge of the mission. On the twenty sixth day of March 1883 the society was incorporated as the Emanuel Church of the Evangelical Association of North America. It numbers at present one hundred members, and the Sabbath school about two hundred.
[The] Fullerton Avenue Presbyterian Church was organized February 11 1864 by Rev W Lord L Halsey others. Its first members were Lincoln Clark, Mrs Julia A Clark, Catharine L Clark, Miss Julia A Clark, Mrs CA Halsey, Mrs Henrietta, W Elliott Mrs Hannah, W Lord, Mrs Sarah S Lord, Mrs Sarah A Ewing, Charles A Ewing and Warren Norton. The church was dedicated March 13 1864 the pastors of the society having been Rev W Lord, DD Rev W M Blackburn, DD Rev WC Young, and Rev HM Collison. The church membership is now about three hundred and a colony has recently been sent out from the parent society to form the Belden Avenue Presbyterian Church [located in Chicago].
The Third German Evangelical Reformed Friedens Church was organized in June 1883 with about forty members. The first pastor was Rev Alexander Arronet coming to Lake View as a missionary from Africa. Soon after the organization the congregation purchased two lots north side of Wellington Avenue near Sheffield and commenced the building of a brick edifice 40x60 feet of which the lower story was completed and dedicated February 11 1883. In October Rig Arronet accepted a call to Champaign Illinois and Rev Wernly became his successor.
The Lake View Congregational Church was organized in the winter of 1882 by RC L C Armstrong superintendent of the City Mission. The society has been worshiping in the Music Hall on Lincoln Avenue. Last fall the members were so encouraged to look for funds to be raised and a fine church edifice was commenced in November. It is situated on the corner of Seminary Avenue and Lill Street and when completed in April will cost nearly $6000. The church membership is forty two. Rev AJ Baily supplying is the pulpit and will probably remain society's settled pastor.  
St Alphonsius Roman Catholic Church was originized by the priest now in charge Rev Father in the fall of 1882. He is of the order Redemptorist Fathers being ordained to the priesthood at Annapolis Maryland in I863. The next year he came to Chicago to take charge of St Michael's Church. Before returning to Chicago he had [the] charge of flourishing churches in New York and Detroit. The commodious edifice in which the St Alphonsius congregation now worship near the corner of Southport Avenue and Wellington was completed in September I882 - the first services being held on the third of that month. The school building also completed at that time was opened the next day with an attendance of one hundred and fifty pupils. This number has since increased to three hundred and thirty two. When organized the church membership numbered two hundred families. It now consists of three hundred families.
St Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church was organized from the St Jacob's Lutheran Church on January I3 1884 -
the first services being held upon the succeeding Sunday. Rev John E Mueller who had been the assistant of Rev William Bartling in the parent society was installed as pastor of the new church. St Jacob's  had built a large school house in January 1882 on the corner of Hoyne Avenue and Wellington and here the young congregation worships - Mr Mueller has charge of both [the] church and school. Wrightwood Avenue divides the districts of St Jacob's and St Luke's societies. The latter has at present a membership of sixty families; the school being attended by one hundred and ten pupils. Arrangements are now being made to erect a neat brick church on the corner of Belmont Avenue and Prairie Street {with an edifice] 46x65 feet. The officers of the society are Treasurer FW Labahn trustees and elders FW Labahn, F Wolf ,L Riemer, and J Labahn, Elder C Kemmitz. St Jacob's Church built a second school house which was finished in September 1883 and situated on Racine and Oakdale avenues. It is attended by fifty six pupils the teacher being JF Rieck.
Deering's Methodist Episcopal Chapel is situated on the west side of Clybourn Avenue near Wrightwood Avenue. The society is young but growing; the pulpit being supplied every Sunday evening by Rev Mr Luther and by Dr Parkhurst on Friday evenings. In addition to a regular congregation of earnest Christian workers who meet there the church gives shelter to Deering's Division No 128, Sons of Temperance, who hold their meetings there.
The Evanston Avenue Sunday School Chapel on the south side of School near Evanston Avenue [Broadway] is doing a good work in the independent field.
Built in the Township of Lake View
Commercial Avenue (Hermitage) & Montrose

the first & second building
image - Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection
 their first pastor
photo - Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection
their 1876 manual
'The First Congregational Church was organized April 20 1870 with Rev William A Lloyd as pastor and he has remained in charge of the society ever since. Among the first members were William H Hedges Jane Bowen Sulzer and CW Clark. In 1871-72 a tasteful church edifice was erected at a cost of about $8,000. The membership is now about twenty.' - History of Cook County: Lake View 1884

donated to the Ravenswood-Lake View Historical Assocation
The Ravenswood Congregational Church was the first church in community of Ravenswood in 1884 as a 7th day Adventist member. Between the years 1957- 2000's the building was occupied by the North Shore Baptist Church also known as Iglesia Bautista Hispana.
 North Shore Spanish Baptist Church 2004 
via Christopher Busocio, Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
The second building was razed in 2004 after an unsuccessful effort to renovated the building. 
Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist
formerly known
District of Lake View
Community of Ravenswood
image - Chicago History in Postcards
This church was built in 1890, one year after the annexation of the City of Lake View to the City of Chicago. 
A Community of Churches: 
Ravenswood Locations
1894/1928 Sanborn Fire Maps
Western Avenue to Clark Street
Lawrence to Graceland (Irving Park Road)
some have been mentioned above 
or in other posts in more detail
(click to enlarge all maps)
All Saints Episcopal Church
Ravenswood Methodist 
Evangelical Church
Ravenswood Congregational Church
1928 Sanborn Fire Map Overview:
one on Wilson, one on Sunnyside, and one on Montrose

 with zoomed sectional map views below ...
Ravenswood Congregational Church 
a zoomed 1894 Sanborn Fire Map view
14th Church of Christ Scientist
1713 W Sunnyside Avenue

image - Chicago History in Postcards
 a 1928 Sanborn Fire Map view of both the
Ravenwood Congregation and 
14th Church of Christ Scientist

Christ Convent Church 
- Sunnyside Gospel Tabernacle
Immanuel Swedish Baptist Church
Sanborn Fire Map 1928 sectional overview
from Wilson to Sunnyside
zoomed views below from the above map
Immanuel Swedish Baptist Church 
4557 N Hamilton Avenue

Christ Convent - Sunnyside Gospel Tabernacle
Berry Memorial Methodist 
Evangelical (ME) Church
2200 W Giddings Avenue
the original address
4745 N Leavitt Avenue
current address
Bethany Evangelical Church
4256 N Paulina Avenue
Swedish Free Church Bible Institute
4211 N Hermitage Avenue
508 W Leland Aveune
pre 1909 address
the first church
A Sanborn Fire Map view 1894
And then a Sanborn Fire Map view 1928
1906-10 W Leland Avenue
apparent church band group photo
1907 photo - Chicago Public Library
Ravenswood Christian Church
338 W Leland Avenue
pre 1909 address
1894 Sanborn Fire Map
The church disappeared from the 1928 map (below)
the post 1909 address must have been

339 W Sunnyside Avenue
pre 1909 address
A 1894 Sanborn Fire Map view

1989 photos -  Krueger, Robert W. via Chicago Public Library
and then a 1928 Sanborn Fire Map 
view the current address
4455 N Seeley Avenue

and the current view below
The Cooperation Among Churches 1955  
The following article tells a tale of activism by local churches in the north-side 1986

Post Notes:
This post is part of a 6 part series of blog posts about 
'Houses of Worship' according to faith. Most Houses of Worship have attached schools on their private property that I may or may not be highlight in any of these posts. These following posts only briefly narrate a particular institution and 'pray' I did not forget one.
The following are a complete list of posts related to 
Houses of Worship:

Read the list of all types of churches as of 1905:

Important Note:
These posts are exclusively used for educational purposes. I do not wish to gain monetary profit from this blog nor should anyone else without permission for the original source - thanks!

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