Last winter, Preservation Chicago played a significant role along with the community in saving the 1920s neo-Renaissance Chicago Landmark Shrine of Christ the King/St. Gelasius/St. Clara’s from demolition. A new 1-minute video, produced by the Coalition to Save the Shrine, tells the inspiring story (link here).
Bringing together 17 Chicago-area businesses, Catholic organizations, and Architectural/Preservation organizations, in support of the Shrine, this new campaign offers a wide array of thank-you gifts for donations, for a range of giving levels from $30 to $500,000.
Now stabilized and safe from demolition, the Shrine is owned by an independent Catholic entity, the Institute of Christ the King, and restoration work has been progressing since May 2016. In a little over a year, a remarkable $1.79 million of restoration funds have been raised to restore the Shrine. However, additional support is required as the new roof and securing the building from the elements is estimated at a cost of $3 million.