Uptown’s Historical Preston Bradley Center, With 1,300-Seat Auditorium, For Sale – Block Club Chicago

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The Preston Bradley Center was built in 1925. Since then, it has been the seat of the People's Church and social service groups.

Rogers Park, Edgewater, Uptown Reporter

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UPTONWN — The Preston Bradley Center may get a new owner for the first time in its nearly 100-year history.

Sold 941 W. Lawrence Ave. church, cultural center and social service building. There is no asking price for this large classical revival building.


The Preston Bradley Center was built by Rev. Preston Bradley of the same name in 1925 to house his Chicago People's Church. Since then, it has been owned by the church, although these buildings have given new lives and tenants over the years.

After years of seeking to preserve and reposition the building in Uptown's emerging entertainment district, People's Church is seeking an offer for the building.

The six-story building includes a nearly 1,300-seat auditorium and two balconies. According to the list, it has a large hall or event space, office space and art studio.

The 15,000 square foot property also includes a parking lot.

The Preston Bradley Center is currently home to the People’s Church, the assembly of two other churches, the homeless shelter, the soup room, the Uptown Arts Center and the Lakeside Pride Music Ensemble.

It is not clear what will happen to those tenants under the new owner. A representative of the People's Church did not respond to a request for comment, and the listing agent for the property declined to comment on Tuesday.

The historical status of the building may limit the reconstruction of the site.

The Preston Bradley Center is included in the Uptown Square District, which was granted city landmark status in 2016. The building was rated "orange" in the city's historical survey, which means that plans to demolish or substantially alter the appearance of the building need to be approved by the U.S. Building and Environmental Administration. Chicago Landmark Committee.

The building is currently zoned as a community shopping area, allowing residential use above ground.

There have been previous attempts to revive the Preston Bradley Center.

When the city announced the establishment of a new uptown entertainment district, the district surrounded

Preston Bradley Center Officer

Bring more uses.

Based on changes in the division of regions, the center helped the center organize more events in its auditorium, including the upcoming concerts in 2016.

Preston Bradley Center officials said the building’s financial problems prompted efforts to rezone.

. At the time, members of the building committee stated that the building needed a lot of maintenance work.

The Preston Bradley Center will not be the first historic residential building to be redeveloped by a new owner.

The prolific development company Cedar Street rebuilt the nearby Lawrence House from a single-room hotel into a high-end micro apartment.

Cedar Street also purchased the Wilson Theater at 1050 Wilson Street and plans to

The Wilson Theatre has collected many uses over the years, including a recent bank. In 1914, Preston Bradley moved the congregation of his People's Church into the theater, but the charismatic missionary soon fell short of the venue.

In 1925, Preston Bradley hired the famous architect John EO Pridmore (he designed the Vic Theater in Lakeview City), In 941 W. Lawrence built a new church for him.

Since then, the Preston Bradley Center has remained intact.

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