Logan Square Preservation has launched a fundraising campaign to raise funds to restore and backlight the original stained glass windows at an historic church located on Logan Boulevard in the heart of the Logan Square Boulevard Historic Landmark District.
“Help Restore Historic Windows at 2840 W. Logan Blvd.”
Designed by landmark architect Leon Stanhope and built in 1916 as the home of the 11th Church of Christ Scientist, the building at 2840 W. Logan Blvd houses the Central Hispanic Seventh Day Adventist Church congregation.
The fish-scale stained glass windows, which are an integral part of the design, are in need of restoration. Some are being held together today by duct-tape. LSP is working with them to raise the $12,000 necessary to completely restore and backlight the windows so they will be visible on Logan Boulevard at night.”
In 2016 Logan Square Preservation raised $5,000 from its members to restore one of the stained glass windows at the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church. The Minnekirkin has been the only church to opt-in to the Logan Boulevard Historic District, which protects landmark buildings on the boulevard from demolition. All of the windows were in need of significant restoration. The windows facing the square were obscured behind discolored plastic installed to protect from damage.
The restored windows were unveiled in May 2016 and continue to be seen by thousands of people on Logan Square. Since then, the campaign to restore the remaining windows facing Logan Square has raised over $19,000 towards its goal. (Logan Square Preservation.org)
“It’s a project that wouldn’t be possible without the fundraising campaign”, according to Pastor Luis Eguiluz, who has been with the church for seven years “We are so grateful and happy that [Logan Square Preservation] is taking the initiative.” (Bloom, Block Club, 1/30/19)