Welcome to Friends of Historic Second Church


Second Presbyterian Church is one of Chicago's architectural gems. Architect James Renwick designed the Gothic Revival exterior and Howard Van Doren Shaw and Frederic Clay Bartlett redesigned the interior in the Arts and Crafts taste. In addition to the original interior fixtures and murals, memorial windows made by William Morris & Company, Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company, Tiffany Studios, Church Glass & Decorating Company, McCully & Miles, and Louis J. Millet enhance the Church's interior. In 2013, Second Presbyterian Church was designated a National Historic Landmark in recognition of its Arts and Crafts interior.  National Historic Landmark designation is reserved for buildings and sites that are determined by the Secretary of the Interior to possess national significance in American culture and history.

Friends of Historic Second Church exists to preserve, restore, and educate.

Please visit and join us in maintaining this historically significant architectural treasure.

Celebration of "Peace" Window Removal


Video Courtesy of Mark Loucks


Tiffany "Peace" Window Restoration Updates

S4 Peace hires

The alphabet letters indicate the areas of restoration. See areas below next to pictures.

GetFileAttachment 7    GetFileAttachment 5    GetFileAttachment 4 Section "O"

Image of panel before cleaning             Image of panel half clean.                     Image of panel fully clean.

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   Pieces from panel ready to be glued back together.           The sandboxes hold all the pieces and will cure                                                                                                                                                                        for two weeks before re-leading.

 MG 5747        MG 5748         MG 5749 Section "F"

Dirt collected after 100 years                     Brushing the dirt away.             Cleaning exposed five extra pieces of glass.                                   behind panels.                        

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The leading in the images above will all be replaced. The images with the rubbings is the leading that will be fixed. The stained glass inside the rubbings is too small and fragile to be taken out, therefore that leading will stay.

 MG 5866  MG 5877   MG 5875

Working on Section "C" and releaded

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Working with Section "G" and checking leading before glass goes back in.

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Section "G" releaded

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Order replacement glass and replacement glass inserted into window.

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Donate to the Capital Campaign

"Restore a Treasured Chicago Jewel." Friends has launched a $500,000 campaign to restore several priorities within the  church interior: the stained glass "Peace" window by Tiffany Studios, one of the Bartlett murals, and plaster repair and repainting.  Click here to donate to Tiffany "Peace" Window Campaign


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