Charles Draper Faulkner

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Charles Draper Faulkner
Born (1890-03-11)March 11, 1890
San Francisco, California
Died December 31, 1979(1979-12-31) (aged 89)
Downers Grove, Illinois
Nationality American
Occupation Architect

Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist, Milwaukee

Eighteenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago

Charles Draper Faulkner (March 11, 1890 – December 31, 1979) was a Chicago-based American architect renowned for the churches and other buildings that he designed in the United States and Japan. He designed over 33 Christian Science church buildings and wrote a book called Christian Science Church Edifices.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Charles Draper Faulkner was born in San Francisco, California, After graduating from Calumet High School in Chicago, he went to Armour Institute of Technology, now Illinois Institute of Technology and in 1913 received a B.S. in Architecture. Most of his senior year at A.I.T. was spent on a traveling scholarship in Canada and six countries in Europe.

Career history[edit]

From 1913 to 1917 he worked as chief designer for renowned Chicago architect Solon Spencer Beman. In 1919 he opened his own firm in Chicago. From 1935-1937 he also did work for the U.S. government. After his son, Charles Draper Faulkner, Jr., joined him in the practice, he changed his firm name to Faulkner, Faulkner & Associates. He was a member of the Chicago chapter of the A.I.A. and held various offices from 1946 to 1954.


The works of Charles Draper Faulkner include: Nippersink Resort buildings Genoa City, WI The Shinner Memorial Playground Clubhouse 1932

Christian Science churches[edit]

Note: all Churches of Christ, Scientist, are numbered: First, Second, Third, etc.


  • First, Tokyo

United States[edit]

  • Illinois
    • Fifteenth, Chicago, interior
    • Eighteenth, Chicago, 7262 S. Coles Avenue, now Saint Luke Missionary Baptist Church
  • Indiana
    • First, Valparaiso
  • Kentucky
    • First, Lexington
  • Michigan
    • First, Albion
    • First, Dearborn

Other buildings[edit]

  • Beverly Unitarian Church, school building, 1959, Chicago[3]
  • Good Shepherd United Protestant Church, 1957, Park Forest
  • Oakhaven Old People's Home, 1922,[4] Chicago, with Charles Sumner Duke
  • Trinity Episcopal Church, 1958, Wheaton, Illinois
  • 6737 S Bennett Avenue, 1927, Chicago, Illinois
  • 6835 S Bennett Avenue, 1925, Chicago, Illinois
  • 6907 S Bennett Avenue, 1926, Chicago, Illinois
  • 6921 S Bennett Avenue, 1910s, Chicago, Illinois
  • 6841 S Constance Avenue, 1920s, Chicago, Illinois
  • 6845 S Constance Avenue, 1925, Chicago, Illinois
  • 6757 S Cregier Avenue, 1920s, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2666 E 73rd Street, 1928, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2309 E 71st Street, 1920s, Chicago, Illinois


In 1979, Charles Draper Faulkner died a resident of Downers Grove, Illinois.


  1. ^ Historic Designation study report
  2. ^ Faulkner, Charles Draper, Christian Science Church Edifices second edition, 1946, Chicago: self published, 417 pp. with numerous, photos, sketches, diagrams, charts, etc.
  3. ^ Beverly Unitarian Church history
  4. ^ From the architect's drawings

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