171 N Cuyler Ave Oak Park, Illinois USA

Cuyler Avenue M. E. Church

Construction date: documented 1912*

Current name:

Cornerstone Church


Frost and Granger


C. F. Hohman


Church, Norman Gothic Revival.

Architect Charles Frost noted in 1914 that the design was a "free adaptation of the Gothic style as exemplified in some of the less pretentious country churches of England." The use of red granite produced a building "as simple, as humble, even, as a church can be; owing its effect to its simplicity and its walliness."

Significant Owner(s):

Cuyler Avenue M. E. Church


Status of Historic Designation:

Designated at National level : Ridgeland/Oak Park Historic District 1983
Designated at Local level : Ridgeland/Oak Park Historic District 1994

Rating or Rank:


Evaluation of Potential Eligibility:

Potentially eligible as a contributing resource

Architectural Description:

This is a 2-story church in the Norman Gothic Revival style built in 1912. The building is cruciform in plan. The structural system is masonry. The foundation is stone. Exterior walls are original stone and original stucco and wood half-timbering. Building is constructed of rough-hewn and carved red granite. The building has a cross gable roof clad in replacement asphalt shingles and one tower dormer. There is one rear, flat roof, brick chimney. Windows are original wood, Decorative-light stained glass. There is a single-story, partial-width enclosed porch characterized by a gabled parapet roof on side walls stone piers. Gothic arched entrances facing Cuyler and Ontario with original wood doors.

* Date source: Village of Oak Park building permit archives.

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