Over the past three decades, scores of our city’s religious buildings have been destroyed. From Rogers Park to South Chicago, neighborhood icons have vanished. Many communities in the process continue to lose their most beautiful buildings, with the destruction typically erasing rich community history as well. The ongoing fights to save St. Gelasius and St. Boniface compelled Preservation Chicago to create this ‘thematic’ designation in 2004. Although many religious structures have since been demolished, both St. Boniface and St. Gelasius live on. Read more about the success Preservation Chicago had in saving both structures.
Update:Since Preservation Chicago first raised the issue of the loss of historic houses of worship in 2004, the problem has only increased. Efforts continue to craft a holistic policy solution to convert and adaptively reuse these important neighborhood icons. to other uses.