The Genevieve and Wayne Gratz Center at Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

Fourth Presbyterian Church, a prominent religious institution located on Chicago's famed Magnificent Mile, is home to a congregation of over 6,000 members and has welcomed over 8 million visitors since it rebuilt on this site after the great Chicago fire. Challenged by the congregation to create a modern building fitting to its unique context, designers of the new Gratz Center addition aimed to compliment rather than mimic. The building's vocabulary is modern, while its iconic weathered copper façade is rooted within the context of the existing structure's accessories—historic art installations, articulated lanterns, and decorative downspouts and dormers—and acts as a foil to the gothic sanctuary's highly articulated use of Indiana limestone. Conceived from the need to better serve the community, the Gratz Center boldly looks toward the future while honoring the church's historic past.

Architect of record

Lamar Johnson
11 East Madison Street, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60602, U.S.A.
Phone: 312.386.2928

General contractor

Nicholas Canellis
Turner Construction Company
55 E Monroe, St #3100
Chicago, IL 60603, U.S.A.
Phone: (312) 327-2770


Richard Barnes
Richard Barnes Photography
595 South Avenue Beacon
New York, NY 12508, U.S.A.
Phone: 415.577.6662