Chicago Landmarks

Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church

Overview from northwest, photo by CCL, 1987     Address: 2151 W. Washington Blvd.
Year Built: 1901
Architect: Hugh M.G. Garden
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: February 16, 1989

Ornament, photo by CCL, 1987 This design represents a deliberate break from traditional church architecture. Originally built as the Third Church of Christ, Scientist, the building's combination of classical and modern elements demonstrates the architect's search for an appropriate design for the then-new Christian Science religious movement. Hugh M.G. Garden's distinctive ornament, often referred to as "Gardenesque," can be found throughout. The building was sold to the Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in 1947.