Second Presbyterian named a National Historic Landmark

Photo by Martin Cheung

By Friends of Historic Second Church

Chicago’s Second Presbyterian Church was officially designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday, March 11, 2013. National Historic Landmark status represents the highest recognition for buildings and sites that are determined by the Secretary of the Interior to possess national significance in American culture and history. Second Presbyterian joins previously designated National Historic Landmarks in Chicago including Hull House, Glessner House, Crown Hall, Robie House and the Pullman Historic District, and is only the third church in Illinois to receive this designation.

A statement issued by the Department of the Interior states that “Second Presbyterian Church represents the visual and philosophical precepts of the turn of the century Arts and Crafts design movement. Its interior, the masterwork of noted architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, presents some of the finest examples of Arts and Crafts mural painting, sculpture, stained glass and crafting in metals, fabrics, wood, and plaster.”

Information regarding Friends of Historic Second Church‘s celebration of the National Historic Landmark designation will be announced in the coming weeks.

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