Chicago Landmarks

Canaan Baptist Church of Christ Building

Canaan Baptist Church Building, photo by Terry Tatum, CCL, 2005     Address: 6657-6659 S. Harvard St.
Year Built: 1904 - 1905
Architect: Solon S. Beman
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: July 26, 2006

Auditorium, photo by Terry Tatum, CCL, 2005 Originally built as the Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist, this is an architecturally significant ecclesiastical building designed in the Classical Revival style and visually prominent in the Englewood neighborhood. It was designed by Solon S. Beman, one of Chicago's most significant late 19th-century architects and the designer of the Fine Arts Building and the planned industrial town of Pullman (both designated Chicago Landmarks). Beman is nationally significant for his early Christian Science church buildings, including the Mother Church Addition in Boston, which established the Classical Revival as the commonly used architectural style for the newly-established denomination.