|New electronic sign in front of Second Presbyterian|
Church asks a provocative question.
Have you noticed the new electronic sign at Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave.? The church was dedicated, according to Second Presbyterian’s Web site, in 1874.
Designed by architect James Renwick, who also designed Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, the church roof and interior was damaged by fire in 1900. It was rebuilt by architect Howard Van Doren Shaw. Shaw enlisted friend and fellow Prairie Avenue resident Frederic Clay Bartlett to help with the interior design. The original Gothic interior was replaced with decorations heavily influenced by the British and American Arts and Crafts movement.
The church, as it stands today, looks pretty much as it did when rebuilt, with the exception of a wood steeple that blew down in a storm. The church has some pretty impressive artwork inside, including stained glass windows by Louis C. Tiffany, Healy and Millet, William Fair Kline, and Sir Edward Burne-Jones.
|Beautiful Michigan Ave. entrance to|
If you’re interested in learning more about this historic church, visit the Friends of Historic Second Church Web site.