The long-vacant St. Boniface Catholic Church in West Town is heading back to demolition court tomorrow even as a local music school considers the church for an adaptive re-use.
The Chicago Academy of Music is presenting a letter of intent to purchase and rehabilitate the property at Noble & Chestnut. Preservation Chicago is encouraging a re-use rather than a demolition.
The community still needs to review the proposal and all of its aspects but it’s a heartening development which could benefit the neighborhood in a very positive way with music programs for both children and adults as well as regular concerts within the historic church structure.
If successful, the proposal could result in a positive outcome in the long-standing efforts to preserve this magnificent church by the prolific Henry Schlacks. Protection of this building was one of the founding issues of Preservation Chicago and, as such, has been among our longest-standing advocacy efforts. We’re thrilled to see a semi-public use proposed for this structure that would draw on its strength, historic architecture, rather than simply repurposing it into some type of residential use.