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Project Summary

The Kenwood United Church of Christ, established in 1885 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was originally designed and executed by William W. Boyington. Boyington is most well known for building the Chicago Water Tower nearly two decades earlier in 1869.

To address modern needs, Bailey Edward worked with the church to evaluate its spaces to better accommodate worship services, revenue functions, mission work, homeless missions and a medical center. A study was conducted to determine how best to utilize the church’s space, while maintaining the historic integrity of the building.

Bailey Edward examined the architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing needs of the structure. This included addressing accessibility and building code compliance; planning to reinstate historic doors and stained-glass windows; and, developing an opinion of probable cost for the work outlined in the study.


Chicago, Illinois


Design Vignette

Bailey Edward assisted the church in obtaining a grant that funded the study and prepared additional grant applications which would allow the church to further evaluate its accessibility, as well as preserve its historic organ.