First United Methodist Church - 1825-1922 - Chicago, IL
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member libbykc
N 41° 53.012 W 087° 37.809
16T E 447717 N 4637037
Quick Description: This unique timeline in the format of stained glassed windows tells the history of First United Methodist Church in Chicago. The windows are displayed on the exterior of the building in a small courtyard.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 1/6/2020 8:18:55 PM
Waymark Code: WM11XTK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Bear and Ragged
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Long Description:
This timeline is made up of ten stained glass windows, each of which tells a small part of the history of First United Methodist, a unique church that occupies a skyscraper building in downtown Chicago. Each window shows part of the church's history and has a caption with a date. The windows are displayed on the exterior of the building in the small courtyard where the famous Miró's Chicago sculpture is (on Washington Street, between the church building and 69 W. Washington).

The entries on the timeline read as follows:

The Rev. Jesse Walker, pioneer Methodist circuit rider, arriving at Fort Dearborn
June 25, 1925

Founding of the First Methodist Church inn a cabin on Wolfe's Point
(Where the Chicago River divides)
June 16, 1831

The first church building moved across the river to this corner, 1839

Augustus Garrett, early church leader and Chicago mayor, with his wife Eliza whose gifts established Garrett Theological Seminary

Founding of the Arthur Dixon Bible Class, oldest adult church school class in continuous operation in the United States
1838

Second church building erected on this corner
1845

Founded by this church
Garrett Theological Seminary
Northwestern University
Lake Bluff Children's Home
Chicago Wesley Memorial Hospital

Third church building on this corner burned in the Great Chicago Fire
1871

Fourth building with church facilities on floors 3 and 4
Erected 1873

Chicago Temple, the First Methodist Church, World's Tallest Church Building and present home of this city's oldest religious body
Erected 1922
Admission fee? (Include URL/link in Long Description to website that gives the current fee): no

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