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St. Luke's Episcopal Church

Address

939 Hinman Ave.

Neighborhood

Evanston

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: 10am - 4pm

Sun, Oct 16: 11am - 4pm

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

John Sutcliffe, 1909

Description

Built by an enterprising rector with a knack for self-promotion, this grand Neo-Gothic church fittingly served as the Cathedral for the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago for a number of years. Like many churches, it was built in stages. A planned tower and narthex were never built, so visitors step directly into the austere nave, where massive stone piers support a high paneled-oak ceiling. The altar is a 10-ton marble monolith backed by a towering stone reredos that contains figures of saints carved from drawings by famed muralist John Warner Norton. The church's four-manual, 83-stop Skinner organ is among the region's largest. Linked via the baptistery is the older and much more intimate Lady Chapel. The “battle cloister,” added to the south by architect Thomas Tallmadge after World War I, features lifelike depictions of American servicemen.

Behind the Scenes

Take in the austere grandeur of the recently restored nave and the quiet calm of the Lady Chapel.