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Luther Memorial Church

Address

2500 W. Wilson Ave.

Neighborhood

Lincoln Square / Ravenswood

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: 12pm - 5pm

Photography Permitted Refreshments Available Washrooms Available

Architects

E.E. and E.C. Roberts, 1926

Website

lmcchicago.org

Description

Luther Memorial Church began in 1897 as Ravenswood English Lutheran Church, one of the first English-speaking congregations in the area. The congregation purchased four lots at Wilson and Campbell in 1914. Renamed to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the cornerstone for a new building at the current address was laid in July 1918. A larger building was required less than ten years later, and on January 24, 1926, the cornerstone of the present church building was laid. Designed by the architectural firm of E.E. and E.C. Roberts, a father-son duo best known for their work in Oak Park, the Indiana limestone building is in an English Gothic style. The original building at the Wilson site, referred to as the parish house, was also remodeled at that time, and again in 1955. In 1966, contemporary stained-glass windows by Richard R. Caemmerer, Jr. were hand-made and installed by Drehobl, the oldest stained glass studio operating today in Chicago. Luther Memorial Church is a thriving member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) and welcomes all people, regardless of race, culture, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental health or socio-economic circumstances.

Visitor Experience

Visitors are invited to explore the Sanctuary both on the main floor and in the balcony. The Chapel, located on the second floor of the parish house, is also open to the public.