Metropolitan Church

PDF Download: Preservation Chicago’s 2003 Chicago 7 Most Endangered Booklet

This stunning church, located at 41st and King Drive was constructed in 1890 by architect John Turner Long.  It had hosted many African-American historic events, including early meetings led by A. Philip Randolph to organize the Pullman Porters Union. Famous visitors to the church included Eleanor Roosevelt, Paul Robeson and Thurgood Marshall. Adding to its rich history is the fact that Metropolitan (Apostolic) Community Church has a commanding presence on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, with a powerful Romanesque design and distinctive reddish-brown stonework.

But on August 25, 2001, Preservation Chicago learned from a former parishioner that the church would soon be demolished. Read the inspiring story of this preservation success.


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