May 31, 2011

Worship: Lutheran

These Houses of Worship were either constructed in the the Township of Lake View (1857-87), the City of Lake View (1887-89), or the District of Lake View (1889-1930)
and before that it was ...
First Norwegian Lutheran 
Kenmore & Roscoe
the oldest congregation in Lake View
the original church
photo - zoomed photo from their ad benefit booklet below
Their 95th Year in 1943



The Lake View Church was established to serve the Scandinavian immigrant population of Chicago in 1848, under leadership of then student pastor Paul Andersen, a Norwegian immigrant in 1843. A distinctly Swedish congregation was organized by 80 members of this church in January 1853, under the name of the Swedish Immanuel Evangelical Church. In 1854, this congregation took over the old building when the Norwegian congregation moved.
1891  The north side congregation purchased a parcel of land at Osgood (now Kenmore) and Roscoe Streets in the community of Lake View. The original church still stands but was converted into a home.
a 2019 Google view of the current building
Sanborn Fire Insurance Map views
1894 Sanborn Fire Map highlights the Norwegian Church at top right and a Swedish Church on School Street
1923 Sanborn Fire Map highlights church top right as well as the English Lutheran Messiah Church on School Street and the Lake View Swedish Lutheran Mission Church nearby
The Move to Addison Street in 1961


1958 The congregation formally adopted the name Lake View Lutheran Church.
1960 Due to the lack of real estate space, a new and smaller building was constructed at 835 W. Addison Street (at Reta). 
2013 The Night Ministry is located at this church.
1915 Benefit Booklet 
 all photos - Ebay
Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Luke 
 images - 'Lake View' by Matt Nickerson
An Historical Account of this Congregation:
History of Cook County Illinois 1884 
by A.T. Andreas 
St Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church was organized from the St Jacob's Lutheran Church on January 13 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] 46 x 65 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. It is attended by fifty six pupils the teacher being JF Rieck.
 1894 Sanborn Fire Map highlights the church - lower left
1923 Sanborn Fire Map highlights the church - lower left with a connection to another school building along the alley
The First of Two Fires
 the fire - an interior view
image - 'Lake View' by Matt Nickerson
interior of the original church - date unknown 
 image - 'Lake View' by Matt Nickerson 
 page image - 'Lake View' by Matt Nickerson
 
 
 image - 'Lake View' by Matt Nickerson
the new church and old school
 image - 'Lake View' by Matt Nickerson
 
The nave of the church
unknown date - Esty
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Luke was organized in 1884, as a member of the Missouri Synod, by members of the Lutheran Church of St. James living in the Lake View Township area. The original building was constructed in 1888 at Belmont and Perry (now Greenview) Avenues. In January 1899 a fire gutted the church, leaving only the outer walls. The school was built in 1905 and an annex added in 1925. Memorial Hall was added in 1952, with kitchen, classroom, and playground facilities. By 1958 the congregation was ready to construct a new worship facility. Most of the old building was torn down, and by 1960 the new facility was operational.
In 1976, the congregation left the Missouri Synod to join the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (AELC).
Original record books should be located at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Luke, 1500 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657-3168. The Newberry Library in Chicago has microfilm of St. Luke's early records, on microfilm #544.
Ebenezer Lutheran Church
1650 W Foster Avenue
District of Lake View
the rendering 
photos via Chris K Cororan, Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
Mr Cororan owns this blueprint
His great-grandfather was the architect 


1986 photos - Chicago Public Library via Explore Chicago
text via Chris K Cororan
'According to The Edgewater Historical Society the congregation began in 1891 when a small group of Swedish immigrants (17 adults and 16 children) realized the need for a Swedish-speaking Lutheran church in the Summerdale and Edgewater area (a.k.a. Andersonville). Assisted by Rev. C.A. Evald of Immanuel Lutheran Church and funds from a women’s sewing circle eventually known as the Dorcas Society, Ebenezer was officially chartered January 22, 1892. Its name means “Thus the Lord has helped us.”' This church  still holds a proud Swedish ritual once a week - one mass Swedish only on Sundays. Read more on its history.
Bethany United Church of Christ
Bethany Church was established in 1895 when a group of German immigrants of the Evangelical tradition joined together on the basis of a shared faith and common cultural background. In 1957 the Evangelical, Reform, and Congregational Church congregations as well as the Bethany Evangelical became Bethany United Church of Christ.
The church for the Lutheran Seminary School now Wrigley Field
moved & was known as
Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
District of Lake View
1218 W Addison Street
The congregation was once located on the southeast corner of Waveland and Sheffield Avenues (now part of Wrigley Field)  and then merged into Holy Trinity Church by the turn of 20th century and changed its name to Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church apparently after the Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field) was built.
Neighborhood of Lake View
initially called the 
Messiah Lutheran Church 
established in 1896
an offspring of The Trinity Lutheran Church
text - from a book about Trinity Church
a 2020 view
established 1883
Township of Lake View
currently condos
Barry & Seminary avenues
1933 view vs a 2020 view
the 1933 photos are from a 50th anniversary that is part of my collection
Since 2017 the building houses condos
from the book
1933 view vs a 2020 view
located on Kenmore & Barry
The Parsonage was located next to the church on Seminary
interior photos of the condos below
Lake View Swedish Lutheran 
Mission Church
corner of Kenmore & School
photo via Matt Nickerson
According to Matt Nickerson, author of the book called 
'East Lake View' it was later called 
Lake View Mission Covenant Church
images - Ebay
Bowen Methodist Evangelical Church
corner of Byron & Greenview Avenue
image - Chicago History in Postcards
below Sanborn Fire Maps
by 1894 known as Cuyler ME Church
by 1923 known as Bowen ME Church
by 1950 known as Northside Nazarene Church 
photo below from their website

Special Thanks to: Lori Trentanelli, a contributor to my sister site on Facebook called 'LakeView Historical', regarding some corrections to this blog post.

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 earliest accounts of the churches of old Lake View 1884 from historian Theodore Andreas that is not covered in this series of post about the 'Houses of Worship' from page 722.
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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