Memorial Episcopal Church is located in downtown Champaign, Illinois.
It stands as a testimonial to the perseverance and dedication of a parish
family that has grown over more than 120 years.
shortly after the Civil War, the early congregations of Emmanuel Episcopal
Church worshiped in meeting halls and schoolhouses. In 1883, the first
church building was consecrated. Following a fire in 1910, the present
church building, designed by one of Americas foremost architects
Ralph Adams Cram, was erected and consecrated in 1917. Significant are
the churchs 21 stained glass windows that tell the story of the
life of Christ, the detailed wood carving of the Rood Screen and High
Altar and the intimate beauty of the Lady Chapel.
Mrs. John Luther Polk, Sr., benefactors, requested that the church incorporate
the name "Memorial" in memory of their three sons.
is open daily for Morning and Evening Prayer, the Eucharist and private
prayer and meditation.