Area Churches

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Area Churches in 1900

List compiled by Janice Helge

  • All Saints (Episcopal) -- 1883
  • First Swedish Baptist Church of Pullman (Bellevue Baptist)
  • Bethel Baptist (1891 - met in Arcade - see 1st Roseland Baptist)
  • Bethesda Evangelical Free Congregational Church of Pullman
  • Elim Lutheran Church
  • 1st Swedish Baptist Church of Pullman -- 1882
  • 1st Swedish Methodist Episcopal Church of Pullman (Roseland Methodist)
  • Pullman Methodist
  • Holy Rosary (Irish) (1882 - Market Hall)
  • Pullman Christian Reformed Church
  • Pullman Presbyterian
  • Roseland Evangelical Lutheran Free Church (1885 - met in the Arcade)
  • St. Stephen's Methodist Church
  • Swedish Baptist Church -- 1888
  • Swedish Ev. Mission Church (Arcade)
  • Swedish Methodist (Arcade)

The Greenstone Church

The exterior of the Greenstone Church is of serpentine limestone quarried in Pennsylvania. The sanctuary is unchanged with the exception of the chancel arrangements. All of the cherry wood is original. Pullman intended that the building be rented to the various denominations on a shared basis under one pastor. The idea did not succeed. The rent of $300 per month for the church and $65 for the parsonage to the south were deemed excessive. The original cost of the building was $57,000. It will seat 600.

The Greenstone Church
The Greenstone Church, ca. 1883

The building was consecrated in 1881 by The Rev. Dr. James Pullman (a brother) from the Universalist Church of Our Savior in New York. The building stood empty for some time because the various religions could not agree to share its facilities. The Presbyterian congregation eventually worshipped there until the property was sold to the Methodists in 1906.

Children playing in front of the Greenstone Church, ca. 1890

It is somewhat ironic that the Methodists came to own the building, for it was the Methodist minister, John Carwardin, who emerged in 1894 as one of the front line advocates of the workers' cause in the Pullman strike. It was his data collection and writings that provided documentation for the legal consideration that led to the State Supreme Court ruling in 1896 that ordered the Pullman Company to divest itself of the all property not related to its state manufacturing charter.

The pipe organ, built in 1882 by the Steere and Turner Company of Springfield, Mass., (one of the finest organ builders of the nineteenth century) is one of the few manual tracker action organs still remaining in the United States. It was originally powered by hand-operated bellows, later by a water powered motor, and now by an electric blower. This was the only modernization of the instrument. That the organ is largely in its original condition and has had relatively little repair over the past hundred years shows the high quality of the materials and workmanship.

Interior of the Greenstone Church
Interior of church, clearly showing the organ, ca. 1892
Page from the City of Brick

A tracker action organ is one in which the valves that supply air to the individual wind chests and pipes are linked to the stops and keys respectively and are directly activated by the organist's hands or feet. Organists unused to this find playing the Greenstone organ physically demanding.

The west Rose window has been restored with funds raised by the community. Most of the glass is original. The window was designed by Beman.

Beman was later commissioned to create designs for the Swedish Elim Lutheran Church and Holy Rosary Church -- these two buildings are still standing on 113th St. west of the elevated Metra Electric tracks.

Images of the Greenstone Church

Swedish Elim Lutheran Church

The Elim Lutheran Church was organized on December 2, 1885, as a member of the Augustana Synod, to meet the need of Swedish residents working at the Pullman Palace Car Works in and around the village of High Prairie. The name "The Svenska Evangelsik Lutherska Elims Församlingen" was chosen. It was incorporated on March 17, 1886

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More Information About the Town of Pullman

Planning the town

4 blueprints of the Market Hall by Solon Beman

The Arcade Journal

Index to the Arcade Journal

The Hotel Florence

The Hotel Florence, ca. 1892

The Arcade

The Arcade, ca. 1910

Arcade Park

Arcade Park, ca. 1895

The Stables

The Pullman Fire Department in front of the Stables

Market Hall

1st Market Hall, 1881-1892

Area Churches

The "Greenstone" Church

Area Schools

Pullman School

The Freight Depot and the Railway Station

The Pullman Freight Depot

Other Pullman Buildings

The Pullman Gas Works

The Pullman House History Project

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 People of Color

Maps of Pullman

1897 Sanborn Map

Other Pullman-Related Sites

  • Historic Pullman Garden Club - An all-volunteer group that are the current stewards of many of the public green spaces in Pullman. (

  • Historic Pullman Foundation - The HPF is a non-profit organization whose mission is to "facilitate the preservation and restoration of original structures within the Town of Pullman and to promote public awareness of the significance of Pullman as one of the nation's first planned industrial communities, now a designated City of Chicago, State of Illinois and National landmark district." (
  • The National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum is a 501(c)3 cultural institution. Its purpose is to honor, preserving present and interpreting the legacy of A. Philip Randolph, Pullman Porters, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and the contributions made by African-Americans to America's labor movement. ((
  • Pullman Civic Organization - The PCO is a strong and vibrant Community Organization that has been in existence since 1960. (
  • Pullman National Monument - The official page of the Pullman National Park. (
  • South Suburban Genealogical & Historical Society - SSG&HS holds the Pullman Collection, consisting of personnel records from Pullman Car Works circa 1900-1949. There are approximately 200,000 individuals represented in the collection. (
  • The Industrial Heritage Archives of Chicago's Calumet Region is an online museum of images that commemorates and celebrates the historic industries and workers of the region, made possible by a Library Services and Technology Act grant administered by the Illinois State Library. (
  • Illinois Digital Archives (IDA) is a repository for the digital collections libraries and cultural institutions in the State of Illinois and the hosting service for the online images on this site. (