June 06, 2011

Worship: Notable

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). 
This post lists various congregations...
The Congregations Listed in this Post:
Baptist, Evangelical, Congregational, Unitarian, Pentecostal, Tabernacle, Scientist, and few more.
and three Sub-Posts called:
An Historical Account of Churches
Churches in Ravenswood 
 Churches Made of Wood
Let's Begin with ...
photo - Garry Albrecht
1923 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
with a zoomed view below at 
615 W Wellington Avenue
From their Website
estabishing new & radical norms

The History
photos form the tour in 2019

some random photos from their website
2020 photo
2020 photo from their Facebook page
2017 photo from their Facebook page
2019 photos from their Facebook page
2019 photos from their Facebook page
part of my collection
A Faith Change: Christian to Jewish
2020 Inside-Booster article
The Congregation's' News Release 
a contribution to social activism & social justice
Moved Summer of 2021
2021 photos - Garry Albrecht
This congregation merged with the Lincoln Park Congregational Church in 1908. The next year the merged congregations bought property on Wellington Avenue off Evanston Avenue (Broadway) by 1910 built a church and called the the merged congregation the Wellington Avenue Congregational Church.
In 1872 this Sunday school chapel was established by Lyman Baird
Below is a 1894 Sanborn Fire Map that shows its' location
According to the 1923 map the church was gone 
and replaced by flats/apartment buildings

zoomed view of above map below 
with a planned new church that did not happen

Sheffield Ave. M.E. Church

Township of Lake View

the building as it looked in 2009 per Google
and per this 1887 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
with a zoomed view below
image above - 1882 The Syllabus Vol 4
Church Philosophy
Mental Gymnastics 1886 
the location as of 1923
the church was gone and replaced by a business
with a zoomed view below
with a zoomed view below by 1950
from a church to a business 
First Baptist Church of Lake View
Township of Lake View
and apparently move to Addison Street??

the second building?
image - Chicago History in Postcards
A small group of Swedish Baptists organized a church in Chicago in 1854. Wiberg, Palmquist and Nilsson were all convinced that Chicago was a strategic center for work among Swedish immigrants. L.L. Frisk was an early leader. In 1859 there were only 20 members. By 1864, it had disbanded but it was reorganized in 1866 which is the official date of organization of the church.
Lake View Swedish Baptist Church
known later as
The Pillar of Fire Church
established in township or city of Lake View in 1889
a 1908 image - History of Swedes in Illinois 
2017 view - Google Maps
This 1923 Sanborn Fire Map indicates the first name  
undated photo - Photography Permitted
while the 1950 map below indicated the newer name 

a rental conversion photo below - Zillow
German Evangelical Frieden's Reformed 
later to be called
Third Evangelical Reformed
established in the Township of Lake View in 1882
photo - Mary Rothenbach 
this maybe the second church based on the maps below
 a 1894 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map that highlights the original name of the church and below a 1950 map with the newer name to it

Below is a 1925 booklet from the Third Reformed Church. At the time of the booklet's publication there was an apparent name change and drop the words 'German' and 'Evangelical'
image below - Mary Rothenbach
down the street was the...
Centennial German Methodist Church
 a 1894 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map above
 a 1923 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map below
German Emmanuel Baptist Church
apparently & initially called
Gross Point Immanuel Baptist
built in the District of Lake View
 a 1923 Sanborn Fire Map of the location
 German Evangelical Emanuel's Church
Township of Lake View
2701 N Sheffield Avenue
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
by 1923 the building was a warehouse
from Christian to Greek Orthodox 
St. George Greek Church 
by 1950
 Scandal in 1890
Loyality Counts
Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church
with a personal story
demolished 2017
photo - GXM via Flickr
2010 photo - via Penny Heise DiGiovanni
1894 Sanborn Fire Map above
 1923 Sanborn Fire Map below
photo above - DNAinfo
photo below - Chicago Architecture 
The rectory located at 2747 Magnolia next to the church was saved from the wrecking ball.
photo - Liz Terrones via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
1958 Celebration
A Family, a House and a Church Story
photos & storyline by Penny Heise DiGiovanni 
 Her home at 1105 W Wellington Avenue
According to Penny Heise DiGiovanni, the first photo has Harry Heise, her father, photographed with his mother 
Dora Heise nee Kollbaum. 
This third photo is a little girl who was her aunt with her father Harry Heise who was born in 1904.  Her aunt Dora’s father Jurgen Kollbaum built the house Penny lived at as a child at 1105 W Wellington - constructed in the early 1890’s. Her grandfather Richard Heise & grandmother Dora were married in Bethlehem Evangelical Church in October 1898 later to be known as Bethlehem United. 
 below is the interior of the church in 2010
According to the Chicago Public Library “In 1884-85, a church building was erected at the southwest corner of Diversey and Magnolia Avenue, an opulent testimony to the upper-middle-class lifestyle of the Lake View German population” during the time when this area of the neighborhood was part of the Township of Lake View. “Rev. Johannes Kircher founded the Bethlehem Evangelical Church in December 1883. He remained pastor of Bethlehem Evangelical  until his death in 1915.” The photo below is of the founder Rev. Johannes Kircher.
a 1929 Program Booklet
mostly in Swedish
(Facebook album)
love the ads ...
Converted to Condos 2003
 photos - Chicago Crain Business

Lake View Evangelical Swedish Church
also was known as
Lake View Swedish Free Church
image below - Warner Printing Company
 converted to residential - [and not a good one!!]
all photos - 'A Chicago Sojourn'
[an interesting conversion at best]

This congregation that began in 1887. Faced with the relocation of its members to the suburbs, the church moved out in 1954. The old building on Sheffield was occupied by the congregations from the Church of Christ, Presbyterian, a Japanese congregation that formed during World War II to serve relocated Japanese residents; it held services in both English and Japanese to meet the needs of first and second generation Japanese-Americans. This congregation in 1998. The building is located just south of Wrigley Field. 
This 1950 Sanborn Fire Map highlights the church located on Sheffield near the old Lake View and Graceland Exchange Telephone buildings currently next to the AT&T building. The 1901 building is currently a parking lot for the AT&T building.
German Evangelical Church
to be known later as
North Ashland Evangelical Church
Above 1894 Sanborn Fire Map that indicated location on the northeast corner of Noble and Ashland Avenue under the name of German Evangelical Church. Below 1923 Sanborn Fire Map that indicated location on the northeast corner of now Barry Avenue/Ashland under the name of North Ashland Evangelical Church and by 1950 a gas station.
and currently 
 Holy Covenant United Methodist 
District of Lake View 
and now in the 
Community of Lincoln Park
According to their website "On January 30, 1894, a widow—Helena Bergman—sold her plot of land for $5,000 to build the Diversey Parkway Evangelical Church. The cornerstone was laid on March 4, 1894 and dedicated on July 22, 1894."
postcard - Ebay 
view of the location in 1894 map at top right
Best Avenue = Wilton Avenue
 Township/City of Lake View
established in 1885
currently New Life Community Church
1908 image - Chicago History in Postcards
below is a 1894 Sanborn Map of the church that was must have been built when Lake View when it was either a township or city due to its name and location. Fullerton Avenue was the township/city's southern border prior to 1889

silk prayer bookmarkers 1890's
photos - Ebay 
Waveland Congregation Church
Township of Lake View
3701 Janseen Avenue
85th Year in 1961

The 1952 Fire
remodeled in 3 months

photos - Kent Bartram via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
The 1943 Remodeling
 Assembly of God Pentecostal
946 W Barry Avenue
photo - Arlene Nybakken Chase
a 1923 Sanborn Fire Map of the location west of the tracks
below photos - Arlene Nybakken Chase
an Arlene Chase painting via a photo image
Philadelphia Swedish Pentecostal Church
This stationary was printed between 1928-1934 by Warner Printing Company and was once located at 3300 N Sheffield Avenue part of my private collection. I still need to research this congregation further.
Chicago Gospel Tabernacle
1929 illustration 
image - Ebay
'The Chicago Gospel Tabernacle grew out of an evangelistic campaign held by Rev. Paul Rader in 1922 at the corner of Clark, Halsted, and Barry, later moving to 825 Barry Avenue. The campaign drew such enthusiastic response and loyal supporters that the temporary wooden structure the meetings were held in became a permanent church. 
snip for YouTube
Paul Radar and his flock
video via Jeff Nichols
W.J.B.T. stood for 'Where Jesus Blesses Thousands'
During Rader's pastorate, the Tabernacle began a very active outreach including radio programs, publications, support of several missions, Bible conferences, and some social work.
Special activities were sponsored by the Tabernacle members such as film showings, missionary speakers, evangelistic services, musical programs, and youth clubs. Designated offerings were also taken for the support of evangelism both at home and abroad. Some of the men who pastored the Tabernacle included Paul Rader, Clarence Erickson, Wally White, and Douglas R. Fisher. Merrill Dunlop and Melvin W. Johnson also served as associate pastors for a time. In 1979 the membership of the Tabernacle had dropped to only a handful. By written vote of the membership it was decided to disband the fellowship permanently. Provisions were made for the continued support of some missionaries by the terms of a trust fund.'
1923 Sanborn Fire Map that highlights the church 
Illinois Masonic Hospital & St. Sebastian's Catholic Church 
with a zoomed view of it below
building capacity of 4,332 per map
Chicago Gospel Tabernacle 1958 
photo from WayOutWardell via Flickr
with Illinois Masonic Hospital behind it
two 1950 photos - Ebay
the neighborhood in 1950
with their parking lot leased out to an auto dealership
and the Illinois Masonic Hospital growth
a zoomed 1950 Sanborn Fire Map view
a 1922 flyer
'Missions was seen as the highest calling at the Chicago Gospel Tabernacle, as everyone was regularly called to participate in the work. By 1933 Rader’s ministry was giving at least partial support to over 180 missionaries, which included full support for 17 missionaries and native evangelists in India, 33 along the Russian border, 12 among Russian refugees in France, and 11 in Spain.  Bible colleges were started in Latvia and Spain, and new work was opened up among previously non-evangelized tribes in Africa and the Dutch East Indies.' Read more ...
a video about Paul Rader
Judy DeVita Carlson, a contributor to LakeView Historical on Facebook, attended Sunday School there, was baptized there and went to their 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. [The congregation was] held at a Christian bible camp on Lake Waubesaa in MacFarland, Wisconsin. Time was probably 1950 until 1959. Great times!"
 photo - my collection 

photo - my collection 
2017 Google image below
the existing building is still in use
Christ Church of Chicago
703 W Buckingham Place
before that The Temple Emmanuel
(also mentioned in another post)
2009 Google view
below a 1950 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
'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 worshiped in various locations until the joyous day in 1954 when they were finally able to purchase their first home on Buckingham Place in the Lake View area. The church was a busy gathering place for three generations of Japanese-Americans.' - their website. 
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
2700 N Pine Grove
postcard - Ebay
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 Wrightwood & Clark Street.
1909 photos - Art Institute of Chicago 

postcard below - Ebay
What to do with it in 2020?
article from Inside-Booster

The Twelfth Church of Christ Scientist
once located at
635 W Grace Street

 and before that this congregation meet at Le Moyne School, currently called Inter-American School
an 1921 advertisement
1950 Sanborn Fire Map highlights the building
The north-side locations as of 1942
The Replacement by 1975
Second Unitarian Church of Chicago
Built in the Township of Lake View
656 W Barry Avenue
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.
100 years of service as of 1957
 photos from 1962
The Salvation Army Church
3256 N Wilton Avenue
 from the Warner Printing Collection 
now part of my private collection

1923 Sanborn Fire Map highlights the church 
near the corner of Wilton & School
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

An Historical Account of Churches:
from the 
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. The 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 originated by the priest now in charge Rev Father in the fall of 1882. He is of the order Redemption 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 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.
Community of Ravenswood Churches:
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)

the first & second building
image - Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection
 their first pastor
photo - Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection
A Short Story 
by Chicagoan Magazine 1934

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 Association
The Ravenswood Congregational Church was the first church in community of Ravenswood in 1884 as a 7th day Adventist member. 
The Dedication of the second church? in 1918
Between the years 1957- 2000's the building was occupied by the North Shore Baptist Church also known as Iglesia Bautista HispanaThe building was razed in 2004 after an unsuccessful effort to renovated. 
The photo below is of the North Shore Spanish Baptist Church in 2004 forwarded by Christopher Busocio 
via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
also was known as the
North Shore Spanish Baptist Church
photo - Art Institute of Chicago
a zoomed 1894 Sanborn Fire Map view
 photo - Art Institute of Chicago
photos - Art Institute of Chicago 
Ravenswood Methodist Evangelical
Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist
 images - Chicago History in Postcards
Their baseball team in 1908
postcard - Ebay
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

Churches a Block Away from Each Other:
Christ Convent Church 
Sunnyside Gospel Tabernacle
Immanuel Swedish Baptist Church
a 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
(the pre1909 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
the pre1909 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
 postcard - CardCow
a 1894 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
 image - Ebay

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
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.
For the 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 
2018 photo - Fredmidthum via Instagram
2016 image 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
some history ...

The 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
from a postcard - Ebay
Central Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church, of which the Resurrection Covenant Church is a member, was established in Chicago in 1885 by Swedish immigrants.  Resurrection Covenant Church was established in 1897 according to their website. 
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
'In a sale netting $750,000 for the Night Ministry, a 123-year-old wooden church in Andersonville will likely be demolished and replaced with single-family homes.
The Night Ministry, a Chicago-based nonprofit that aids those struggling with homelessness, was given the former Summerdale Community Church at 1700 W. Farragut Ave. last year. With a dwindling congregation of only about 10 members and an estimated $250,000 worth of work needed to get the property up to code, the church decided to disband and give the building to another nonprofit that could then sell it and reap the proceeds, former pastor Ann James said. Based on prior partnerships, the church decided to donate the building to the Night Ministry.'
photo above - DNAinfo
photo below - Daniel Rankin 
via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
the windows and most artifacts of interest were saved
2016 image - Edgwater Historical Society Newsletter
2017 photo below from
Daniel Rankin via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
Park Lane Evangelical Church
no photo, just Sanborn Fire Maps

 a view of the building in 1894
and below a view from 1923
no change in 1950
Further North in Edgewater
Episcopal Church of the Atonement
Neighborhood of Edgewater
once in the located in the of City of Lake View
 images - Art Institute of Chicago
photo - Chicago Architecture Foundation
The Episcopal Church of the Atonement was founded in 1888 in the City of Lake View. The congregation began its worship in this distinctive red stone building in 1890, designed and built by architect Henry Ives Cobb. 
photo - Chicago Architecture Foundation
above/below photos from ...
Alicia Fontanetta via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
The land was donated by J.L. Cochran, the developer of Community of Edgewater according to The Edgewater Historical Society. While the congregation grew in size so the building -expanded twice to more than double its original capacity always keeping in mind the buildings’ English Gothic design. The somber sanctuary, both grand and intimate, contains a booming pipe organ. Below the structures floor lie a columbarium - room with niches for funeral urns to be stored. The Parish House was added in 1924, the stained-glass windows were gradually installed from 1929 to 1946. 
photo - Chicago Architecture Foundation
Alicia Fontanetta via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
photo - Chicago Architecture Foundation
photo - Chicago Architecture Foundation
photo - their website
In 1970 a small addition was added called the Elizabethan Room from the Spencer family of town of Sharon Connecticut. The room was originally in the Cumberland house in England, currently part of  Windsor Great Park, and was shipped to the Weatherstone’s house in Town of Sharon in the 1690’s. When Weatherstone building was remodeled, this room was removed and sent to the church. This historical room provides a beautiful setting for small receptions and meetings while keeping to the spirit of the churches original design according to The Edgewater Historical Society. The photos are from the Chicago Architecture Foundation during one of their tours.
A Baptist Evangelical Conference
once located at 912 W Belmont Avenue as of 1958
photo - Chuckman Collection

Evangelistic Churches in 1909
section one
section two

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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