The first part of the new building to be constructed was the foundation of the section adjoining the alley at the north which has been spoken of as the Sunday School building. It was on this basement that the Temporary Tabernacle was constructed which has now been demolished to allow the building operations to proceed. While for convenience the church section has been spoken of as the church building and the Sunday School section as the Sunday School building, in reality when the builders have finished their task the whole will appear as a single huge edifice covering the ground …Read More >
It is frequently difficult for the laymen (or even the artist for that matter) to understand the relation between a work of art and himself. Failing to understand this, his means of judging it are limited to its effect in pleasing him and such knowledge as he has of the opinions of others supposed more qualified to judge.
In the case of architecture, this difficulty is easily removed if we remember that the purpose of architecture in all cases is to form a harmonious and fitting setting for the life for which it acts as a shelter or background.
The …Read More >
An address by Dr. Herbert W. Bieber at The Moody Church during the first week of the opening of the new church building in 1925.
I have with a great deal of thought chosen my subjects for these three nights. I suppose you believe with me that there are favorite sugar sticks that we Bible teachers like to suck, but I want to bring you messages from the Word of God which I believe would be helpful. My own desire is that in this magnificent church there shall never anything be preached but the gospel of the grace of God …Read More >
For many months the members of The Moody Church congregation have been looking forward with eagerness to the day on which the doors of the Moody Memorial Church [building name] should be swung open and the splendid future home should be dedicated to the God who gave it.
As this issue of The Moody Church News goes to press that day, so long anticipated, has come and gone. The months preceding it were filled with severe testings; yet under the good hand of God mountains of difficulty have been scaled and now, looking back over a rough road, boundless joy …Read More >
Ira D. Sankey, the great evangel of song of the latter part of the nineteenth century, was born in the village of Edinburgh, Pennsylvania, August 28, 1840. When he was seventeen years of age his father, the Hon. David Sankey, moved with his family to Newcastle, Pennsylvania, where he became prominent in the activities of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Ira had a godly heritage which led him early in life to take an interest in religion, and in after years to become engaged in various forms of Christian work.
At the outbreak of the Civil War Mr. Sankey responded to …Read More >
Mr. John R. Fugard
Architect of the D.L. Moody Memorial Church and Sunday School Buildings
Before the Church Executive Committee engaged the firm of Fugard and Knapp as architects for the new church and Sunday School buildings it had been ascertained on careful inquiry that they ranked among the best architects in Chicago, having designed many notable structures, some in collaboration with leading New York firms. To their credit are the great Allerton and Belmont hotels on the Lake Shore Drive, the massive 19-story apartment building at No. 20 Cedar Street, four twelve and fourteen story apartment buildings, two …Read More >
The Moody Church News, May 1925, Volume 10, Number 5
By: Prof. F.R. Watson of the University of Illinois
The acoustics of churches is much of a mystery to most people. Sound is supposed to act in a curious way that no one can predict. If good acoustics are obtained in an auditorium, it is considered to be a matter of good luck. If a room is faulty, an immediate suggestion is made that wires or a sounding board be installed to correct the difficulty. These areas are almost entirely wrong, because sound proceeds in a very orderly fashion …Read More >
The Moody Church News, April 1925, Volume 10, Number 4
By: Gustave Orth (of the Staff of Fugard and Knapp)
The Moody Church is ideally situated, facing Lincoln Park on the one side and LaSalle Avenue on the other. Transportation is of the best. Clark Street carries the greatest volume of north-and-south street car traffic, North Avenue is convenient for the east-and-west, while LaSalle Avenue is on our boulevard system.
The ground entrance is from Clark Street, and is midway between the church and the Sunday School building. To the right, in the church buttress, is the cornerstone, inscribed in …Read More >