Events

Lecture Series

September 27th

"On the Trail of William Morris" by Howard Tiffen

A multi-media glimpse of Morris, his homes, his philosophy, his internal conflicts and his windows!....and how Morris came to influence the design and decoration of Historic Second Church

All lectures are held at Second Presbyterian Church and begin at 7:00pm, preceded by a reception with light refreshments and docent-guided tours of the sanctuary at 6:00pm.  $10 suggested donation.

Tours

Tour of the Villa Historic District

Saturday September 30, 2017 10:00AM to 12:00PM $25.00

Our 2017 walking tour will take us to the historic neighborhood of the Villa, located on Chicago's northwest side at Pulaski Road and Addison Street. The area was marketed beginning in 1907 with strict guidelines governing the size, style, placement, and cost of the homes. Distinctive feature include tree-lined medians down Avers and Harding Avenues and rubble-stone planters at every corner. The 126 homes represent one of the largest collections of Craftsman and Prairie School style homes in the city, designed by architects including Clarence Hatzfeld, Arthur Knox, and John C. Christensen. The Villa District was designated a Chicago landmark on November 23, 1983. 

The tour will be led by Bill Tyre, who consulted with Villa residents on the book written for the 90th anniversary of the Villa in 1997. Architect and Friends board member Nate Lielasus will assist. At the conclusion of the tour, attendees will be treated to a reception with light refreshments in one of the homes on Avers. 

To reserve a space on the tour please submit payment in the amount of $25 per person to:

Friends of Historic Second Church

1936 S. Michigan Ave.

Chicago, IL 60616

Basement to Belfry in collaboration with Chicago Architecture Biennial

Saturday October 7, 2017 10:00AM to 11:30PM

Architect Nate Lielasus will provide a Basement to Belfry tour of the church. During this inaugural tour at Second Prebyterian, guests will be given a behind the scenes look at areas of the church not typically visited on regular tours, from the basement dirt floor to the charred roof timbers. The tour will focus on original architectural features from the 1874 construction and evidence of changes during Shaw's reconstruction. 

To reserve a space on the tour please submit payment in the amount of $20 per person to:

Friends of Historic Second Church

1936 S. Michigan Ave.

Chicago, IL 60616

 

Open House Chicago

Saturday October 14th and Sunday October 15th 2017 

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