Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, Chicago

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Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral is the cathedral church of the Orthodox Church in America Diocese of the Midwest. It is one of only two churches designed by Louis Sullivan, one of the seminal architects of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places and is designated a Chicago Landmark.
The church was commissioned by a growing Orthodox community consisting of Russians, Serbs and Greeks of Chicago, Illinois, and stands within the neighborhood known today as Ukrainian Village. The founders of the church were immigrants from Carpathian Rus', Galicia, and the Balkans. It remains one of only two Orthodox churches servicing the Orthodox-Christian community in Ukrainian Village. Construction work, partly financed by a personal donation of $4,000 (approximately $40,000 in 2014) from Tsar St. Nicholas II of Russia, lasted from 1899 to 1903. The church retains many features of Russian provincial architecture, including an octagonal dome and a frontal belltower. It is believed that the emigrants wished the church to be "remindful of the small, intimate, rural buildings they left behind in the Old World". Archival references point to a small wooden church in the Siberian village of Tatarskaya as a particular inspiration for the final design. To this traditional Russian basis of the overall design, Sullivan added decorative elements more characteristic of his own larger corpus of work, influenced by the Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts movements, as seen, for example, in the abstract decorative design over the western entrance to the church.
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  • Visit for a tour and receive one-on-one guidance and very interesting explanations from an enthusiastic guide. Learned so much about the orthodox religion, the building, and icons. Even got a chance t...  more »
  • Outstanding tour of an architecturally and theologically significant church in Chicago. The docents were well informed and excited about passing along their knowledge to you. The story of the powerful...  more »
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  • Wonderful church!! Amazing architecture by Louis Sullivan and a nice friendly parish. The services are beautiful as well as the interior of the cathedral with old Russian icons and paintings. They have a good a capella choir. Highly recommend to visit. All services are in English.
  • Didn't stay for the mass, but popped in because I heard the building was designed by Louis Sullivan, the famous architect who taught Frank Lloyd Wright. I was not at all disappointed. the building is absolutely beautiful and has a lovely feeling of peace and silence, which can be hard to find in busy Chicago.

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