PETITION: Landmark Epworth Church


“Supporters who want to prevent Epworth Church from any future potential of demolition, request that 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman and Commissioner Maurice Cox, Department of Planning and Development immediately begin steps to provide landmark status to Epworth Methodist Church at 5253 N Kenmore built in 1890.
  • “John Lewis Cochran, Edgewater’s founder, donated land for the church in the 1880s
  • Epworth was completed in 1891 and has retained the same name for 132 years.
  • Epworth Methodist Episcopal Church (1889-1948)
  • Epworth Methodist Church (1948-1968)
  • Epworth United Methodist Church (1968–present)
  • The church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008
  • It is the oldest intact church in Edgewater
  • Exterior was made with boulders floated from Wisconsin to a slip built at Berwyn Avenue
  • It is an irreplaceable piece of the community’s history and character”


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