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First Presbyterian Church of Chicago

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Address

6400 S. Kimbark Ave.

Neighborhood

Woodlawn

Architect

Tallmadge & Watson, 1928

Description

First Presbyterian Church of Chicago was founded in 1833, the same year Chicago was incorporated. The current Gothic-Revival building was commissioned shortly after a merger with Woodlawn Park Presbyterian Church. The 125-foot tower, guarded at the top by the four archangels, imparts an Art Deco sensibility. An elegant cloister encloses a garden and wall with inset stones from the church’s previous buildings and other notable churches. The dark sanctuary has heavy oak beams and is dominated by a unique reredos resembling a Gothic church tower. An intimate chapel is paneled in oak with a richly sculpted plaster ceiling and stained-glass windows by Willett Studios. The multicultural congregation has been associated with social justice for many years—from the abolition of slavery to the Civil Rights movement.

Archived In

2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018