Architecture

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South-side of the building
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East-facing facade

Second Presbyterian Church is James Renwick Jr.'s most significant Midwestern design and a prominent and recognizable landmark within Chicago and the historic Michigan Avenue streetscape. The church exemplifies Renwick's development of the ornamental possibilities of the Gothic Revival style through graceful limestone and sandstone facade of varying heights and visual interest. Most importantly, it remains the only extant building in Chicago with a "spotted" limestone exterior (Sullivan, Anne. (2010) Second Presbyterian Church, Chicago, Illinois. Chicago: Sullivan Preservation).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*All photos by Martin Cheung unless otherwise noted
*Interior sanctuary photo by James Caulfield