Thursday Doors: First United Methodist Church of Evanston (OHC 2018 Part 4)

During Open House Chicago on Oct. 13-14, we visited some beautiful churches in Evanston. The largest was the First United Methodist Church, the first church established in Evanston (prior to the building it is housed in today) in 1854.20181014_141336
The current structure was built in 1910; the architect, Thomas E. Tallmadge, was a member of the church. The building was dedicated in 1911.
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The entire church was remodeled in 1930. By that time, there were 1,852 members.
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The main entrance
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The inside of the main entrance’s double doors
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Between the outer entrance and the entrance to the sanctuary
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Another entrance on the front façade
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It is a Gothic style church, built like a cross (many old Catholic churches are built like this), called cruciform. Here is a view looking toward the altar, with its beautiful carved Reredos.
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Facing the rear of the sanctuary
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The Reredos, depicting the life of Christ, was designed by Ralph Adams Cram, an architect who supervised 50 Swiss and German artisans in its construction in 1930.
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The Rose window above the Reredos was the first stained glass window installed in the sanctuary and was recently completely restored.
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The organ has 4,865 pipes and was built by Austin Organ Company.
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The transept stained glass windows depict the parables of Jesus and the works of Jesus.
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The six small windows under the large transept windows depict the Acts of Mercy as enumerated by Jesus.
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The “Te Deum” window above the balcony in the back of the sanctuary is designed to be a hymn of praise.
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A cloister separates the main sanctuary with a smaller chapel. The labyrinth was added in 2017.
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The cloister door is enhanced by wrought iron, symbolizing the primeval forest that occupied the site on which the church was built.
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Interior chapel door (between the narthex and the sanctuary)
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The Gothic style Tittle Chapel, named for Dr. Ernest Fremont Tittle, minister of the church from 1918 to 1949. His ashes and those of his wife are buried beside the altar.
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The Reredos in the chapel has figures representing various figures from history: Justinian, Michelangelo, Dante, Aristotle, Newton and Plato.
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The chapel is used for special occasions.SONY DSC
Posted for Norm’s Thursday Doors, 11/8/18.

2 thoughts on “Thursday Doors: First United Methodist Church of Evanston (OHC 2018 Part 4)

  1. What a lovely post and wonderful photos. Thank You. In Finland we have two types of churches wooden and stone. Wooden churches are more beautiful and they are generally on countryside. Our churches offer thing things do not exist elsewhere, like Poor-man statues, votive ships. Some wooden churches have painted Bible stories in the whole Church. One example, that You can get an idea about our churches:

    Church of Haukipudas

    Happy weekend.

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