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Hyde Park Baptist Church, Chicago, IL

November 16, 2016

Variously called First Baptist Church of Hyde Park or Hyde Park Baptist Church, this design by Chicago architects seems to have remained unbuilt.


P&F were particularly adept at the Richardsonian Romanesque, demonstrated here with a crossing tower (or is it a lantern?) in the spirit of Richardson’s great Boston church Trinity Episcopal. The popularity of this element is treated in depth at Shadyside Lantern, a site focused on Pittsburgh examples but not limited to that city. The P&F scheme shown here would have been an F-1, as there was no direct connection between auditorium and Sunday School.

The tight site, in fact, placed the social hall at the same level as the main floor auditorium seating, which pushed the Sunday School and its balcony to floors two and three, one of the most compact A-A designs I’ve seen to date.


These and other drawings were published in an 1895 issue of The Inland Architect & News Record.

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