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Two Orthodox churches in Chicago

Holy Trinity Cathedral

Designed by Louis Sullivan in 1899, built under the direction of St. John Kochurov (later first hieromartyr of the Bolshevik yoke), and consecrated by St. Tikhon in 1903, Holy Trinity Cathedral is one of the most renown Orthodox churches in the United States.

The architectural design is meant to evoke the provincial churches of Russia. The iconography of the iconostasis is reminiscent of the modern style of the 1800s which I saw everywhere in Bulgaria this summer.

Holy Trinity Cathedral even received one of those fairly meaningless yet charming honorary street names given out by the city of Chicago. This stretch of North Levitt Street is also known as Honorary St. Tikhon & St. John of Chicago Street.

Christ the Savior

Due to its limited lighting, especially at this time of the year, my own church Christ the Savior is woefully difficult to photograph.

The building was acquired several years ago from the Catholic Apostolic Church, a millenarian religious community often called the Irvingites. It is being adapted bit by bit to a style familiar to Orthodox Christians, though at the moment it has a somewhat incongruous mix of Western construction and Orthodox decoration.