The Preservation Chicago has been working tirelessly on several religious buildings that are under active threat in the city. Here are the latest on those efforts. Pictured above: the interior of St. Boniface located at Noble and Chestnut Streets.
The long-vacant St. Boniface Catholic Church in West Town will return to court June 29 at 2 p.m. at the Daley Center for a status update hearing. We are backing a proposal that would involve a residential component and a music school on the site. We’re seeking guidance from the city and the community to support this plan.
The grand, but vacant Uptown Synagogue Agudas Achim will be converted into residential units in the near future by developer Cedar Street Companies. We are working with the developer to encourage the preservation of the facade and as many interior features as possible including grand staircases and circulation areas. We are also working with them to relocate notable features, such as art glass windows and the mosaic ark case to other area congregations.
Shring of Christ the King/St. Gelasius
The fire-damaged Chicago Landmark Shrine of Christ the King (originally St. Clara and later St. Gelasius) has begun stabilization work with funds through the advocacy of Preservation Chicago and the outreach of the Institute of Christ the King, who now own the building thanks to the Archdiocese of Chicago’s decision to transfer the property earlier this year. Work is expected to continue through the construction season and to further the work, the Institute has hired their own fundraiser to continue to efforts to restore the building.