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Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park

Address

5500 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Access entrance on 55th St. or through parking lot on Woodlawn Ave.

Neighborhood

Hyde Park / Kenwood

Architect

Edward Dart, 1968

Description

This austere Modernist church by architect Edward Dart is adjacent to the University of Chicago campus. While presenting a blank face to the street, a product of the Urban Renewal era of architecture, the church’s intimate courtyard entrance and brick-and-concrete sanctuary creates a sense of arrival into a meditative space. The sanctuary is lit indirectly by skylights above the altar. In addition to the altar, Dart designed the singular concrete baptismal font and ambo. The church is adorned with sacred art including works by the late Chicago sculptor Egon Weiner.