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Fourth Presbyterian Church

This is an archived listing.


126 E. Chestnut St.


Near North Side


Ralph Adams Cram & Howard Van Doren Shaw, 1914

Gratz Center

Gensler, 2012


This masterpiece was designed by America’s leading Gothic-Revival architect, Ralph Adams Cram. It is the second-oldest building north of the river on Michigan Avenue; only the Water Tower and Pumping Station are older. The Tudor-style parish buildings were designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw. In 2012, the congregation dedicated an 80,000-square-foot addition, the Gratz Center, designed by Gensler. This bold contemporary addition to the Gold Coast is rhomboid in shape and clad in interlocking copper plates tinted a brilliant blue-green. The Gratz Center includes Buchanan Chapel, with a floor that incorporates a labyrinth modeled on the one at Chartres Cathedral in France.

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2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018 , 2019 , 2020 , 2021