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Fourth Baptist Church, Chicago, IL

July 3, 2018

Chicago’s Fourth Baptist church stood at the southwest corner of Ashland and Monroe streets from its dedication in 1889 until the 1920s when it was demolished to make way for a Wieboldt’s Department store. By that time, the residential character of the West Side had changed dramatically; even the department store has subsequently disappeared.

On-line sources credit the design to both August Fiedler and Charles F. Whittlesey. The latter is far better known for his work with the Santa Fe Railway and at Grand Canyon. A published plan, however, demonstrates this was a C-2, thanks in part to and angle at the west end of the property where Ogden Avenue passes on its way southwest.

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