Welcome to Friends of Historic Second Church

Friends of Historic Second Church joins the Session and the Congregation of Second Presbyterian Church in expressing our deep sorrow at the death of Sarah Bean, who died tragically as a result of an incident that occurred in front of the church at noon on Thursday September 4, 2014.

Second Presbyterian Church is one of Chicago's architectural gems. Architect James Renwick designed the Gothic Revival exterior and Howard Van Doren Shaw and Frederic Clay Bartlett redesigned the interior in the Arts and Crafts taste. In addition to the original interior fixtures and murals, memorial windows made by William Morris & Company, Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company, Tiffany Studios, Church Glass & Decorating Company, McCully & Miles, and Louis J. Millet enhance the Church's interior. In 2013, Second Presbyterian Church was designated a National Historic Landmark in recognition of its Arts and Crafts interior.  National Historic Landmark designation is reserved for buildings and sites that are determined by the Secretary of the Interior to possess national significance in American culture and history.

Friends of Historic Second Church is a foundation that exists to preserve, restore, and educate.

Please visit and join us in maintaining this historically significant architectural treasure.


*All photos by Martin Cheung unless otherwise noted 

Second Presbyterian Church Designated National Historic Landmark

  • Designated National Historic Landmark
    Second Presbyterian Church, located at 1936 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood, was officially designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior...

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