Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Avenue in St. Charles, Illinois, was a gift from Colonel Edward J. Baker in memory of his parents, Martha and Edward Baker. Designed by architects Gray, Laz and Mall of Geneva, Illinois, Baker Memorial Church represented the completion of a long journey which began with the church’s founding in 1837.
As the need arose for a larger facility, Colonel Baker offered to construct and equip a new church building on the present site. Preparation began in 1952, and the dedication ceremony was conducted on September 19, 1954. According to accounts of the time, this structure was the largest single gift to a Methodist congregation by an individual.
Photo captured January 16, 2011.
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