June 01, 2011

Worship: Methodist, Episcopal, & Baptist

This post includes the congregations of the (Episcopal) Methodist, & Baptist

Sheffield Avenue Methodist Church 
Township of Lake View
District of Lake View
the building as it looked in 2009 per Google 
Rascher's Atlas Map
1887 belowwith a zoomed view below
image above - 1882 The Syllabus Vol 4
Church Philosophy
Mental Gymnastics 1886 
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
the church was gone and replaced by a business
with a zoomed view below
from a 
church to a business 
Ravenswood Methodist 
Township of Lake View
City of Lake View
Community of Uptown
postcards - Chicago History in Postcards
In December 1880, a charter was obtained in conformity to the laws of the State of Illinois creating the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Ravenswood. The present sanctuary building was built in 1889 – 1890.  The Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church was formed on August 2, 1987 as the result of a merger between Ravenswood UMC, whose history dated to 1872, and Christian Fellowship UMC, formed by Japanese Americans who relocated to Chicago from internment camps during and after WWII.
1891 Rascher's Atlas
zoomed below
photos below - Chicago Sojourn
photos below - Yelp
the community house below
Episcopal Church
City of Lake View
Community of Lincoln Park
photos by Erick Alliz Rogers/Open House Chicago


The congregation formed after $500 was spent converting a barn into a small church to serve Chicago’s north side Episcopalians.  When the congregation grew, a small wood-frame church was completed in 1869 at the intersection of Lincoln, Belden and Orchard.  It served as a refuge for victims of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871.


The current site of Church of Our Saviour (more of their history) was purchased and the church and rectory were completed in 1889.  (The parish hall building was already at 530 Fullerton Parkway and had served the Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church.)  It was a period of prosperity for the Lincoln Park neighborhood—all five of our stained glass windows were commissioned in this period, the first being a Tiffany window. Note: In November of 1889 the City of Lake View voted for annexation to the City of Chicago.

1891 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map

Diversey Boulevard/Parkway
Methodist Episcopal
District of Lake View
Community of Lincoln Park
postcard - Chicago History in Postcards
a merger in 1925
 another merger in 1963
the current occupant ....
Iglesia Cristiana Unida
(United Christian Church)
Community of Lincoln Park
Elim Swedish 
Methodist Episcopal
District of Lake View
Community of Lake View
postcard - Chuckman Collection
postcard below- Chicago History in Postcards Condos by 1983

Evanston Avenue 

Episcopal Methodist Church

District of Lake View
Community of Lake View
the name of the street changed to Broadway in 1913 
so too the name of the church changed its name, as well
 the building to right of his postcard is the current rectory
Original building 1901-1983
On a Monday, July 27, 1891, a committee made up of Charles Busby, Charles Lasher, Reverend Dolliver and A.D. Traveller, selected the church site on the corner of Evanston Avenue (Broadway) and Buckingham Place. This site was purchased and the church building construction began. On August 2, 1891, 15 persons were received into the society by letter and on probation. By 1901, the membership was up to 175 persons. Worship services were held in the basement until 1901 when the congregation decided to complete the building. It was dedicated in June of 1902 with Reverend R.E. Saunders as Pastor in charge. The Evanston Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church was designed by architect E. Hill Turnock. He also designed the Brewster Apartments at the corner of Diversey and Pine Grove Avenue, which is only a few blocks from the church. The Brewster is an official Chicago Landmark building. Turnock was also associated with Frank Lloyd Wright. - website
The original church was built of blue bedford stone with a red tile roof. The interior was finished in oak with a large truss ceiling and was completed in 1902. The sanctuary seated 450 congregants.
spoon - Ebay
Protection is Called 
in 1911
a page from their 1926 directory - image Ebay
Name Change 
in 1913
Opinion on the 
Name Change 
in 1913
50 years later
in 1941
A Clinic to Open
in 1946
Fire in 1983
started in basement
page - East Lake View by Matt Nickerson
the current church - Ebay
 the newer church
photo - Reminders End
 photos- Lake View Patch 2012
Serving his Flock in 1998
The pastor, Rev. Greg Dell, of this church conducted a same-sex marriage ceremony on church property - a violation of church policy at the time and more than a decade before
 it became legal in the United States.
Reverend Dell in his church
photo - Chicago Tribune
photo - Michael Greene via Associated Press
Rev. Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church protests outside the Broadway United Methodist Church Sunday, Nov. 22, 1998 in Chicago. Rev. Phelps and family members came to the church to protest a September marriage between two gay men officiated by Methodist Rev. Gregory Dell. 
A church with "a wonderful history of being involved in and advocating for social justice movements" is now "ignoring the 
pain it causes" to a segment of society, he said in 2009
In the year 2000 ACLU of Illinois Gay and Lesbian Rights Project's annual John R. Hammell Awards brunch honored 
a congregation with an apparent scene of humor 
in 1992
(My Facebook Album)

Centennial German 
Methodist Church
District of Lake View
and later called
Church of Chicago
at Sheffield and Wellington
Community of Lake View
image - Chicago: City of Neighborhoods

During the height of World War II in May of 1943, Rev. Sadaichi Kuzuhara was led of the Lord to leave Granada Concentration Camp and come to Chicago. His vision was to start an evangelical ministry among the Japanese who were displaced due to the concentration camps. Soon after, in June of 1943, the first cottage meeting of Isseis (first generation) and Niseis (second generation) was held at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Yoshida on Fullerton Avenue; 16 were in attendance.  In September of 1943 with the help of Dr. Ironside, then pastor of Moody Memorial Church; opened Moody’s Torrey Chapel as a place of worship to Rev. Sadaichi Kuzuhara and his congregation. It would be known as Japanese Christian Church at Moody. The magnitude of this event can be appreciated when reflecting upon the times. The United States was engaged in a war with Japan in the Pacific, and Japanese and Japanese-Americans were held captive in concentration camps throughout the western part of the United States. Because of this, there was opposition to the Japanese congregation’s use of Moody’s facilities.In 1949 the Japanese Christian Church at Moody moved to the northeast corner of Sheffield and Wellington and changed it’s name to Lakeside Japanese Christian Church.

In 1997 Lakeside sold their church building in the Lakeview neighborhood and for 4 years rented South Park Church in Park Ridge, Illinois. In 2001 Lakeside purchased its’ current church building and changed the name of the church to Lakeside Church of Chicago. - from their website

1923 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
The 1950 Sanborn Map still showed as CGMC
zoomed below
Gross Park 
Methodist Episcopal Church
1657-59 W School Street
*no photo or articles found*
District of Lake View
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
pre 1909 address
703-707 Schools Street
in 1923
and same location in 1950
The First Korean 
United Methodist Church
826 W Oakdale Avenue
(not photo yet)
text above - Korean Americans in Chicago 
text below - Ethnic Chicago A Multicultural Portrait
Episcopal Churches
of Lake View:
Township of Lake View
City of Lake View
Community of Lake View
 photos - Art Institute of Chicago

The impetus to form an Episcopal Parish in Lake View was provided by a large group of local women in the 1880s. Their efforts to form a new parish were initially rebuffed, due to the presence of other prominent north side parishes. Diocesan financial resources were limited, and the Diocese felt that the Board of Missions would be hard pressed to find adequate funding. The women, however, were persistent. St. Peter's first service of Evening Prayer was read read in the front parlor of Mrs. Charlotte Givens's home at 1734 Fletcher Street (now 624 West Briar Place) on May 28, 1887 (Whitsunday, or Pentecost). Under Samuel Cook Edsall and Frederic W. Keator, St. Peter's mission was organized immediately following that service. One month later, on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, arrangements were made for services to be held in a store front on Clark Street. Read more from link above. - their website

article from 
1964 Lake View anniversary magazine

The original location on Flechter Avenue currently Briar Place in 1887 and then in 1894 before the congregation moved 
to Belmont Avenue
and in 1894 below 
as a graphic reference to the 1887 above
their current home on Belmont Avenue below
postcard - Chicago History in Postcards

1894 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map below
with a pre 1909 address of 1737 Belmont Avenue
Evanston Ave = Broadway
A Thanksgiving Service
 in 1898
1923 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
 photos - Lake View Patch 2012
photos - their website

photos - Steve Clarke via Forgotten Chicago on Facebook
who donated the Russian iconic wall piece to the church
The Congregation Built 
a Settlement House
3212 N Broadway (Evanston Avenue)
Apparently St. Peter's held a respectable amount of property along Belmont and Broadway (once Evanston Avenue).
This new five-story brick Gothic style structure 
was to be a Hull House-like settlement house in 1910 and was ultimately used as Jane Addams Center
 (Hull House affliliate in the 1960's -1990's)
*The building on Broadway was reconfigured in the late 20th century and is currently used as the Lake View Athletic Club*
image above - Jeff Hamrick via LakeView Historical-Facebook
a 2012 service below - per their website

2015 photo
Church Renovation Plans 
began in 2018
per a online conversation on their FB page in 2020
'We moved out of the building in 2018 to get started on the process of renovations. That was a long process of discernment, working with architects and now contractors. We're scheduling the beginning of construction now, and we will plan to re-occupy the building in 2021 (hopefully close to the middle of the year). We were also able to save quite a bit of money by moving out and holding our services on Wellington Ave. Church of Christ - in their basement while we decided how to move forward with our own building.'
The Rectory was Sold in 2018 
to be privately developed
the floor plans below
The fa├žade remains but for the interior ...
No Longer in Debt
in 2020
A Tour in 2022
reported with photos by Liz Zoller Cohen
The tour showcast the latest structural renovations 
to the original building interior

There were a couple dozen people there. They had two main presentations - one by a member of the Victorian Society, and another by a former seminarian from St. Peter’s. The event also included a performance by the church’s organist. I will send names/details of all three of those when I email the photos, as I don’t have the program in front of me right now.

As for details I didn’t know, it was mainly things about boundaries and original locations of buildings, including many wonderful photos from various sources like the library’s digital archives, but they also cited your blog as an outstanding reference for anyone interested in more info!

I loved seeing photos and drawings of buildings near places I’ve lived (e.g., the mansion on Briar just west of LSD - I lived at 3130 N. LSD for six years) or frequented (various sites up and down Clark and Broadway). I had not known of the specific history of the church itself, in that it was originally built at Briar and Orchard, then physically lifted and moved to its location on Belmont, where it was covered and expanded until it ultimately became the parish house with the current church built next door along the alley.

The interior renovations are stunning! They resumed use of the building just last September and did a lovely job incorporating elements that came from the parish house when it was sold.

Township of Lake View
Township Community of Ravenswood
City of Lake View
Community of Uptown
image - Chuckman Collection
*also mentioned later in another post under
'The Churches Made of Wood'*
 Rascher's Atlas Map
The Renovation began 2014
(their Facebook page)

the original naive 
photo below - The 1883 Project on Facebook
Church of 
District of Lake View
Community of Lincoln Park

photo - Chicago Sojourn
The congregation formed after $500 was spent converting a barn into a small church to serve Chicago’s north side Episcopalians.  When the congregation grew, a small wood-frame church was completed in 1869 at the intersection of Lincoln, Belden and Orchard.  It served as a refuge for victims of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. The current site of Church of Our Savior was completed in 1888. The parish hall building was already at 530 Fullerton Parkway and had served the Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church.
2000 photo - De Paul University Digital Collection 

photo - Chicago Sojourn

 photo - Chicago Sojourn

photo - Chicago Sojourn
Cuyler Methodist 
Episcopal Church
Byron & Perry(Greenview)
District of Lake View
The Baptist Churches 
of Lake View:
First Baptist Church
 of Lake View
District of Lake View
Community of Lake View
currently called
Missio Dei Chicagoimage - Chicago History in Postcards

1923 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map1995 text below - Touring Swedish America

Lake View Swedish 
Baptist Church
Township of Lake View
City of Lake View
and then by 1950
Pillar of Fire Church
Community of Lake View
*church to residential*
1923 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
just a block away to the east another Swedish church 
to be covered in another post
Pillar of Fire
1950 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
Township of Lake View
City of Lake View
currently called
First Baptist Church of Ravenswood
Community of Uptown
 postcard - CardCow
 image - Ebay

1989 photos -  Krueger, Robert W. via Chicago Public Library
and the current view below
Lake View 
Baptist Church
exact address unknown
1901 text - Chicago Blue Book and selected names
*Otto = Buckingham Place*
A Church Cottage Setting

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. 

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