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Friday, July 29
Chicago Historic Resources Survey: Included - Orange Rating [?]
Applicant: Midwest Wrecking Company
Owner: St. Boniface Senior Living, LLC
Permit Description: Wreck and remove a brick and stone church structure and foundations.
Status: Under Review
The Saint Boniface Church property has been the subject of preservation initiatives for more than a decade [pdf]. While other buildings on the property have been demolished since the church's closing, it was considered a preservation success thanks to a redevelopment plan that protected the church. New financing troubles have made the future of the church uncertain, and the building could be demolished by the end of January.
Visit www.saintbonifaceinfo.com for more information about the church, its redevelopment and the preservation initiative.
Over the course of 2012 David Schalliol produced a photographic portrait of 100 of the hundreds of buildings threatened with demolition in the city of Chicago. Nearly all of the buildings have since been demolished. Visit the background information section for more information about the project, including definitions and links to other building resources.
The series is supported by a generous grant from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.