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Preston Bradley Center (The Peoples Church)

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Address

941 W. Lawrence Ave.

Neighborhood

Uptown / Ravenswood

Architect

J.E.O. Pridmore, 1926

Description

This church, designed by a renowned theater architect, boasts a main auditorium that seats over 1200 on three levels. The sanctuary is noted for its superb acoustics – and for eschewing typical church design elements. The building was renamed in honor of Dr. Preston Bradley, pastor of the church for 66 years and member of the Chicago Public Library board for 50 years. From this building, Bradley was the first Chicago preacher to broadcast services, a ministry which reached a national audience of millions for decades—and inspired Guiding Light, the longest-running soap opera of all time. The small congregation is quite active, and welcomes other nonprofits' use of the building, including the Uptown Arts Center, Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band, and others. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000 as part of the Uptown Square Historic District.