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Fourth Presbyterian Church

Address

126 E. Chestnut St.

Neighborhood

Gold Coast / Near North Side

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: 9am - 1pm

Sun, Oct 16: 1pm - 4pm

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible

Architects

Ralph Adams Cram & Howard Van Doren Shaw, 1914

Gratz Center

Gensler, 2012

Description

This masterpiece was designed by America’s leading Gothic-Revival architect, Ralph Adams Cram. It is the second-oldest building north of the river on Michigan Avenue (the Water Tower and Pumping Station is the oldest). The Tudor-style parish buildings were designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw. In 2012, the congregation dedicated an 80,000-square-foot addition, the Gratz Center, designed by Gensler. This bold contemporary addition to the Gold Coast is rhomboid in shape and clad in interlocking copper plates tinted a brilliant blue-green. The Gratz Center includes Buchanan Chapel, with a floor that incorporates a labyrinth modeled on the one at Chartres Cathedral in France.

Behind the Scenes

Tour the church and the Gratz Center with Fourth Presbyterian Church's docents.