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The Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago was formed in February 1871 by the merger of Westminster Presbyterian Church and North Presbyterian Church.The combined congregation dedicated a new church building on Sunday, October 8, 1871. That was the same day as the beginning of the Great Chicago Fire, which destroyed the young congregation's new church building. The congregation subsequently built a second building, located at the corner of Rush Street and Superior Street, which was dedicated in February 1874. After nearly 40 years at that location, in 1912, the congregation decided to build a new building on Pine Street (now upper Michigan Avenue), which was then a fairly undeveloped part of the city. The congregation employed architect Ralph Adams Cram to build them a Gothic Revival building. Cram, who also designed the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, was at work on both churches at the same time during 1912. Only Fourth Presbyterian was completed, however, and was dedicated in 1914. In contrast, St. John the Divine is still officially unfinished and is considered a work in progress. Cram designed and built the church for Fourth Presbyterian's congregation, but the parish house, cloister, manse, and garth were designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw. The church building is the oldest structure on Michigan Avenue, with the exception of the Chicago Water Tower, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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dziwnowik on December 14, 2012

✰✰✰ I ♥ church ✰✰✰

♥ ♥ ♥ ✰✰✰ YSL ✰✰✰ ♥ ♥ ♥

greetings from Poland , Peter ♥

add to group 7 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

~Marlene~ on December 15, 2012

Jan... Goldfoto... valerio... and... Peter...

Many thanks to each of you for the very kind words, the Likes and especially the Y*s. I'm very pleased & honored!

Best wishes, Marlene

Torsten C on December 15, 2012

A fascinating indoor capture! Nice illumination! Great compliments! L,F! Friendly greetings, Torsten

dziwnowik on December 16, 2012

7 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Det Lindinger on December 16, 2012

Well seen & done Marlene ......like54+Fav

Best Greetings Det!

giorgio baioni on December 16, 2012

I like the photo and seem to mo to hear the chorus.


~Marlene~ on December 16, 2012

Torsten... Peter... Det... and... Giorgio...

Many thanks to each of you for the lovely comments, the Likes and especially the Y*s. I appreciate it all very much!

Best wishes, Marlene

Jean Van Jean on December 25, 2012

"Beautiful Picture". F14+L56.
Warm greetings and best wishes for CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR'S DAY.
Kind regards. Jean.

~Marlene~ on December 26, 2012

Thank you again, Jean, for the lovely comment and the Like. I'm honored by the Y*! Thanks for the visit...

Best wishes, Marlene

Matim46 on January 7, 2013

Beautiful perspective and compo! Like and all the best, Matim46

~Marlene~ on January 8, 2013

Thank you again, Matim, for the very nice comment and the Like. I appreciate it and your visit very much!

Best wishes, Marlene

Buts Yuri on January 8, 2013

Excellent interior! LIKE-57! Greetings from Ukraine! Yuri.

~Marlene~ on January 9, 2013

Thank you again, Yuri, for the very nice comment and the Like. I appreciate it and your visit very much!

Best wishes, Marlene

dziwnowik on February 8, 2013

I ♥ THIS PHOTO !!!!!

♥ ♥ ♥ Best of Panoramio ♥ ♥ ♥

greetings from Poland , Peter ♥

     **YSL** was alerdy
~Marlene~ on February 8, 2013

Thank you again, Peter... you can visit anytime!

Best wishes, Marlene

malby on March 10, 2013

Beautiful interior, Like.

~Marlene~ on March 11, 2013

My thanks again, Maggie, for the nice comment & the Like. I appreciate it very much!

Best wishes, Marlene

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Photo taken in Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL, USA
Fourth Presbyterian Church

This photo was taken indoors

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