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Saturday, December 3
Chicago Historic Resources Survey: Included - Orange Rating [?]
Applicant: The Catholic Bishop of Chicago
Owner: The Catholic Bishop of Chicago
Permit Description: Wreck and remove a 1- and 2-story brick & block church building.
Status: Under Review
Saint James Catholic Church was designed by Patrick C. Keeley, the architect of more than 600 Catholic churches, and was dedicated in 1880 as "a temple of God for all time."
Despite the church's online history championing its rebuilding following a 1972 fire as a "test of strength," the Archdiocese of Chicago plans to demolish the church rather than repair more recent damage. The building is currently on demolition delay.
Lee Bey's WBEZ blog has additional details about the church and its current situation.
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.