Tuesday, May 15, 2007

More Chicago Spaces

By now you have signed up for Dr. McNamara's Sunday afternoon tour of the South Shore Churches (St. Michael's, Our Lady of Peace, St. Philip Neri), but our friend Suzanne Morgan is showing Hyde Park's glory as well on Saturday.

"Hyde Park's Magnificent Sacred Spaces (trolley, 32) Suzanne Morgan, President, Center for Religious Architecture Rich in history, these three sacred places exhibit the unique features of architecture and worship. Highlights include St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, the first modern style Catholic Church in America, KAM Isaiah Israel Temple, harkening back to Byzantine designs of Palestinian origin, and Augustana Evangelical Lutheran, illustrating the sacraments and symbols of the Lutheran tradition. 1:00pm/ 3 hrs."

If you sign up for both, I think you only have to pay once. And yes, St. Thomas the Apostle is by the brilliant Francis Barry Byrne, on of the first modernists (from a time when modernism did not mean ugly and dysfunctional) This is quite a tour!
UPDATE: If you have seen too much fine architecture and want to see what is wrong with the Modern, try this tour.
Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist 55 E. Wacker Drive Open - Saturday, May 19 Hours - 10:00am - 2:00pm Program - Drop in; tour guides available Harry Weese designed this church edifice, completed in 1968 and constructed of pre-cast concrete. While it is a well-recognized building, most are unaware that it is a church with a seating capacity of 800.

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