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Eighth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL

November 17, 2016


There are two churches along Robey Street (renamed Damen Avenue in 1927) near the intersection with Washington Boulevard; neither of them are this fine building that shows all the characteristics of a Brown Burton & Davis design.

An early history of Chicago includes a photograph [below] of the congregation’s first building by architect Gurdon P. Randall, dedicated in 1867 at the northwest corner of Robey and Washington. And newspapers from April 1899 indicate it was destroyed by fire, which suggests a post-1900 date for the building shown above.


It is curious how such large and distinguished buildings can disappear from the visual record as completely as Eighth Presbyterian has done.

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