Grace Episcopal Church in Oak Park

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Grace Episcopal Church

924 West Lake, Oak Park, Illinois, Oak Park 60301
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Self-described as an "English Gothic Revival" building, Grace Episcopal Church is one of the outstanding architectural assets of Oak Park. The building's soaring arches are filled with a intricate designs in glass that help unify the building as a whole. The carillon tower is both tall and somewhat wider than other towers of its height, giving firm anchor to the delicate sanctuary to which it is attached. The history of Grace Episcopal goes back to 1875, but the main portion of this building wasn't completed until 1905. over the course of three decades, the building was expanded to take on the form we see today.

Quick Facts
  • 1898: Groundbreaking for the main church.
  • 1905: The church sanctuary is dedicated.
  • 1917: The parish house is added.
  • 1922: The bell tower is completed.
  • 1928: The rectory is erected.
Did You Know?
  • This was one of the filming locations for the movie "Home Alone."
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  I played the bells in the 40s. It was a lot of fun. We did not always play hymns. A little of the pop music of the times until we were caught.

Herb Knight - Saturday, March 12th, 2016 @ 4:08pm  

  The tower houses the Seabury Chimes, named for one of the church's early families. Climbing several flights of steps inside the tower is something out of old England! Many of us who grew up attending Grace in the '60s and '70s learned to play the chimes - which are all done by hand. An amazing experience. The church was also in Robert Altman's movie, "A Wedding," in the mid '70s.

Susan Montgomery - Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 @ 10:53am  

  Prior to its current location on Lake Street, the first church was on Forest Avenue near what is now Ontario Street. The original church was demolished about 1898, with some of the demo materials being used in the new church construction. the site on Forest was sold to James Campbell Rogers who hired an architect to design a home as a wedding gift for his daughter. The architect was Frank Lloyd Wright. The house is known as the Frank Wright Thomas house built in 1901 and recognized as Frank Lloyd Wright's first Prairie House.

Jack Lesniak - Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 @ 11:27pm  

  This is an amazing sanctuary. When I was a boy, I was first a children's choir member,then an acolyte here. The dark beams and high vaulted ceilings were awe-inspiring then. They still are. Once, on a Saturday, some fellow children's choir members and I were wandering around in the dark sanctuary and came to one of the corner alcoves at the back. We pushed open the door and there, on a table, was a casket â open. We fled, our feet pounding the stone tile floor all the way out to the light, and safety.

Michael A. Longinow - Saturday, January 3rd, 2009 @ 12:42pm