Edgebrook Lutheran Church

Chicago, Illinois

A devastating arson fire severely damaged this historic Chicago neighborhood Church. A master plan was prepared to reconstruct the Church and incorporate contemporary features into the facility. Due to the extensive damage from fire, smoke, and water, the heavy timber framing was replaced. Load-bearing masonry walls, stained glass, and some liturgical artifacts were restored to their original condition. The greatest amount of fire damage occurred at the original Narthex, which was destroyed. Rebuilding provided an opportunity to relocate the elevator to a previous stair shaft, making it much better suited for accessibility.

Reconfiguration of the Narthex allowed the size to increase and provide a coffee bar station. The Chancel was also re-designed with a completely removable platform that allows for flexibility with music performances. The pipe organ was restored and expanded with additional ranks visible from the nave seating. Stenciling was recreated on the new wood structure. New pews and chair seating in the nave were designed to incorporate a flexible layout serving both traditional and contemporary services. A new terrazzo floor design enhances the visual and acoustic performance of the space.