Quinn Chapel AME Church (Chicago)

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Quinn Chapel of the A.M.E. Church
Quinn Chapel AME Church, 2401 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago (Cook County, Illinois).gif
Quinn Chapel AME Church
Location 2401 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates 41°50′56″N 87°37′30″W / 41.84889°N 87.62500°W / 41.84889; -87.62500Coordinates: 41°50′56″N 87°37′30″W / 41.84889°N 87.62500°W / 41.84889; -87.62500
Built 1891
Architect Henry F. Starbuck
Architectural style Romanesque Revival
NRHP reference # 79000827
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 4, 1979[2]
Designated CL August 13, 1977[1]

Quinn Chapel AME Church, also known as Quinn Chapel of the A.M.E. Church, houses Chicago's oldest African-American congregation, formed by seven individuals as a nondenominational prayer group that met in the house of a member in 1844. In 1847, the group organized as a congregation of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the first independent black denomination in the United States. They named the church for Bishop William Paul Quinn.

In the years leading up to the Civil War, the church played an important role in the city's abolitionist movement. The 1871 Great Chicago Fire destroyed the original church. The congregation met for many years in temporary locations before purchasing the present site in 1890. The current structure, designed by architect Henry F. Starbuck and built in 1892 at 2401 South Wabash Avenue, reflects the area's late 19th-century character. The church was designated as a Chicago Landmark August 3, 1977, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places September 4, 1979.[1] Considered architecturally significant, the church is featured in such books as Chicago Churches: A Photographic Essay by Elizabeth Johnson (Uppercase Books Inc, 1999) as well as Chicago Churches and Synagogues: An Architectural Pilgrimage, by George A. Lane (Loyola Press 1982).

In 1992, Quinn Chapel joined with three other nearby churches to found The Renaissance Collaborative: a non-profit organization devoted to saving the historic Wabash YMCA and fulfilling the needs of the Bronzeville community.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Quinn Chapel". Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division. 2003. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  2. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ "The Renaissance Collaborative". The Renaissance Collaborative. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 

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