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Fourth Presbyterian Church

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 17 October 2011 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Since 1914, more than 8 million people have entered under the carved stone tympanum over the Michigan Avenue entrance to Fourth Presbyterian Church. (The congregation was founded in 1871 and occupied two earlier church buildings before moving to Michigan Avenue.)

Today more than 5,700 members call Fourth Church home, and more than 2,000 people worship here every Sunday.

Most of the interior and exterior of the church is “original,” looking just as it has looked for almost a century. The cornerstone was laid in 1912, and the building was dedicated in May 1914. Except for the Old Water Tower, Fourth Church is the oldest building on Michigan Avenue north of the Chicago River.

The architect of Fourth Church was Ralph Adams Cram, America’s leading Gothic revival architect, best known for his work on the world’s largest Gothic cathedral, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. Fourth Church is not a “copy” of any one building but instead combines what Mr. Cram saw as the best of English Gothic and French Gothic styles.

Prominent Midwestern architect Howard Van Doren Shaw designed the parish buildings (the Tudor-style structures surrounding the courtyard), which were built at the same time as the church and dedicated in March 1914.

Photo captured August 3, 2011.

NIKON D7000 1/30 second F/3.5 ISO 1100 18 mm

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Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Lovely well produced shot Steven - any chance of seeing the first three? :-)

17 Oct 2011 7:25am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Beautiful lighting.. lovely shot.

17 Oct 2011 8:43am

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A beautiful capture with beautiful light and lovely colours. Beautifuly captured and presented. Thank you for intresting information.

17 Oct 2011 11:45am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Exceptional light and colours from these rich wood tones.

17 Oct 2011 12:13pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Gorgeous glowing light with a pleasing depth and symmetry.

17 Oct 2011 1:33pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Perfect indoor architectural shot. Beautiful.

17 Oct 2011 2:14pm

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

Marvelous perspective view, amazing dimension !

17 Oct 2011 6:07pm

franz from Baden, Austria

very impressive architecture, esp the wooden ceiling ... and beautiful use of light and tonality! interesting info to go with it!

17 Oct 2011 9:16pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Outstanding color, I love the luminosity in this.

17 Oct 2011 10:59pm

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, New York, Canada

I always wanted to live in a church, the room the solitude the beauty of it all.
What an amazing view down this aisle. The decoration and the stained glass
up ahead are tops. One of the better views that I have seen of a church, you
really stand out on your architecture and indoor views particularly, so it always
is a beautiful treat to see your views, which always become the most beautiful
place on earth, at that particular moment !~

17 Oct 2011 11:33pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful architecture. Beautiful lighting. Amazing capture. Love it. :)

18 Oct 2011 2:44pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A gorgeous interior shot! Love it.

19 Oct 2011 3:31am