Second Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago: Second Church of Christ, ScientistPrint
2700 N. Pine Grove Ave. | Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
Second Church of Christ, Scientist, is the second-built Christian Science church in Chicago and the oldest still offering services. Its Beaux-Arts structure was designed by Solon S. Beman and patterned after his Merchant Tailors’ building from the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. Built of Bedford stone and granite, the church was dedicated on Easter Sunday, 1901, with four services accommodating more than 10,000 attendees. At the time, the church’s most notable neighbor was George Ferris’s original Ferris Wheel located two blocks away on Clark Street—where it was moved after the 1893 World’s Fair. The church’s original Hutchings-Votey pipe organ (their opus 525) was rebuilt by the Austin Organ Company in 1928 (their opus 1646). In 1963, an extensive reconstruction project of the interior was undertaken by Donald Billman of Whitehead & Billman.
Behind the Scenes Access: Explore the domed auditorium of this little-known Beaux-Arts church.
Architect: Solon S. Beman, 1899