Chicago Landmarks

First Baptist Congregational Church

Front Elevation, photo by Stephen Beal     Address: 60 N. Ashland Ave.
Year Built: - 1871
Architect: Gurdon P. Randall
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: January 21, 1982

Sanctuary, photo by Stephen Beal Social activism has characterized this congregation since its founding in 1851 by abolitionists. The innovative, amphitheater-style auditorium within this Gothic Revival-style building was widely influential in church architecture. The adjacent Carpenter Chapel was designed by Otis Wheelock and built in 1869 for the Chicago Theological Seminary.