Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park
5500 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Edward Dart, 1968
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.Today, it's modern, stark interior provides the perfect setting for interfaith gatherings, community events and art installations that bring congregation and community together.