Stop 1: Levere Memorial Temple

1856 Sheridan Rd Evanston

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The Richard H. Driehaus Museum explores the art, architecture, and design of the late 19th century to the present. Its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions are presented in an immersive experience within the restored Nickerson Mansion, completed in 1883. Vibrant educational and cultural programs, as well as exhibitions, place the Gilded Age in context and illuminate the history, culture and urban fabric of Chicago. Photo by Alexander Vertikoff, 2014.

Levere Memorial Temple

In 1929 the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity broke ground on the Levere Memorial Temple on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus. The building was designed by Arthur Howell Knox and meant to serve not only as the fraternity’s national headquarters, but also as a memorial to American veterans who served their country since the Civil War.

The Gothic-style building features a collection of stained-glass windows created by the Ecclesiastical Department of Tiffany Studios that illustrate the history of America, its wars, and the history of the fraternity. The ambulatory of the temple displays the Peace Window, which depicts Christ standing between a Confederate and Union soldier. Much of the stained glass on display in the Levere Memorial Temple depict scenes one might not expect from Tiffany stained glass—heroic depictions of soldiers in the trenches of World War I, Native Americans, and Viking explorers all make an appearance.

Levere Memorial Temple is free to visit and open Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm. If you would like a tour, we recommend calling ahead at (847) 475-1856 to ensure someone is available to provide you one. Parking is available behind the Temple or along Hinman Avenue.

Cover photo credit: Eric Alixx Rogers via Flickr.

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