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First United Methodist Church of Evanston

Address

1630 Hinman Ave.

Neighborhood

Evanston

Hours

Sat, Oct 19: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 20: 1pm - 5pm

Photography Permitted Refreshments Available Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

Tallmadge & Watson, 1911

Description

This congregation was founded in 1854 by the Methodists who also founded Evanston and Northwestern University. Known now as “First Church”, this was the first faith community established in Evanston. First Church’s current structure, built in the French Neo-Gothic style and dedicated in 1911, is the third building in the congregation's history. The sanctuary features many stained glass windows and an intricate altarpiece of carved wood. The magnificent east-facing Te Deum window was completely restored in 2016. The chapel features standing vertical stone architecture. Its stained glass windows and carvings depict figures from science and philosophy. In the courtyard is a newly landscaped, cloistered garden with labyrinth.

Visitor Experience

See the enormous sanctuary with intricate altarpiece and restored stained glass windows, the intimate Tittle Chapel with stunning vertical Gothic stone architecture, and the cloistered garden complete with labyrinth.