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Earlier in the day, we brought Curbed readers a tour of Fourth Presbyterian Church's new River North office addition. At the risk of damaging our secularity, we're giving more attention to the city's churches. This time it's Second Presby, built by James Renwick, rebuilt by Howard Van Doren Shaw, and recently designated a National Historic Landmark. The Chicago Architecture Blog's Wendy Bright took a guided tour of the Gothic Revival masterpiece with Arts & Crafts interiors, and spills the beans in a detailed historical and critical account of the Prairie District church. Bright also takes note of the new interest and preservation energy arriving at the church's doorstep with the South Loop's "revival". [CAB, previously, photo by Martin Cheung via CAB]