Parishioners at the endangered St. Adalbert Catholic Church in Pilsen received welcome news this month as a member of the church made a substantial monetary gift to encourage the Archdiocese to repair the church’s landmark towers.
The gift came from a deceased parishioner who had left the money with a family member with instructions to donate it when the church needed it. The church was originally designed by famed architect Henry Schlacks, ironically also the architect of the recently fire-damaged but saved St. Clara/St. Gelasius/Christ the King, as well as the long-shuttered St. Boniface Church at Noble and Chestnut. Preservation Chicago is working to preserve each of these magnificent edifices. Schlacks was also an employee of the architectural firm of Adler & Sullivan and a favored architect of Cardinal George Mundelein.
The exact amount of the donation isn’t clear but it’s certainly over $1.5 million and the decision to keep the building open and make the repairs now rests in the hands of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
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