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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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Volkert Weidl on January 22, 2013

Ansprechende Bildgestaltung und Farben, ♥ & ✰+vote! Schöne Grüße vom Mittelrhein, Volkert

~Marlene~ on January 22, 2013

Thank you very much, Volkert, for the lovely comment, the Like and the Y*. I am very honored by your VOTE!!!

Best wishes, Marlene

Chinappi on January 25, 2013

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The LIKE is already done …

and now, more over, a VOTE for this photo.

I really found your photo in order to vote … not so easy …

See you soon… Best regards from Grasse, in France.


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~Marlene~ on January 26, 2013

My never ending gratitude, Bernard for your efforts and your VOTE!

Best wishes & happy week-end, Marlene

Lee Gill on January 27, 2013

Now that's my kind of image, what wonderful light...just beautiful. That's one reason I love churches so much is the light play in them...a great shot Marlene LIKE

~Marlene~ on January 27, 2013

I actually thought of you, Lee, when I took this pic... I'm very happy you Like it!

Best wishes, Marlene

Ildikó Fehérváry on January 29, 2013

Hi Marlene!


Good luck in the contest!

Greetings, Ildikó

~Marlene~ on January 30, 2013

Thank you so much, Ildikó, for your VOTE and good wishes. I appreciate it very much!

My best, Marlene

malby on March 10, 2013

Wonderful light you caught Marlene, perspective is good, too. I like this shot. Warm greetings, Maggie

~Marlene~ on March 11, 2013

Thanks so much, Maggie, for the nice comment. I'm very happy you like it! It's one of my favorites. :-)

Best wishes, Marlene

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