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First Presbyterian Church of Evanston

This is an archived listing.


1427 Chicago Ave.




Daniel Burnham, 1894


Warm Lemont limestone and a red tile roof make this Gothic-Renaissance church, with its 120-foot tower and open belfry, an inviting presence on the corner of Raymond Park. The historic congregation lost two wooden church buildings to fire. Then they hired noted Evanston resident Daniel Burnham to design this stone church. The vast sanctuary seats more than 1,000 congregants under a vaulted roof supported by heavy timber trusses with no major columns. The space is flanked by large arched stained glass windows on both sides. Portions of the Aeolian Skinner organ date back to the original construction of the sanctuary.

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Organists will give a short recital on our mighty Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ every 15 minutes. You can even try playing a few notes on the awesome 4 keyboards yourself!

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2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018 , 2019 , 2022