Thanks to the support of so many people, we can rest assured that the Shrine of Christ the King will not be demolished. But there still is a lot of work to be done! The restoration project is underway, and you will see news about its progress here. We will also update you when we are able.
Our focus now will be on raising funds for the restoration and finding ways to connect all of you who have been such an important part of this effort back to the work that is happening now. Please reach out to us with any questions or suggestions. We will continue to be in touch with you – though not with the urgency that the demolition threat demanded.
On October 7th, 2015, a devastating fire damaged the Shrine and destroyed its newly-installed roof. This Saturday, the 8th, please come to commemorate the Shrine Fire and celebrate all that has been accomplished in just a year!! Rally at noon: let’s show our commitment to #ShelterTheShrine by making an even larger human chain around the Shrine than last year!!
Looking forward to the Shrine’s future, the schedule for the installation of the new roof will be announced.
This Saturday, the Shrine community will also celebrate the return of the statue of the Christ Child as Infant King to Chicago! Although the statue survived the fire, it nevertheless sustained damage from the heat and smoke, and has now been carefully restored.
The Shrine was featured on the Chicagoist’s list of “23 Architectural Sites You Must See During Open House Chicago”!! Open House Chicago (#OHC2016) is an annual free festival of architecture, organized by the Chicago Architecture Foundation: http://openhousechicago.org/. The sites were selected out of over 200 participants and the Shrine was the only church on the list! Plan to visit for hard-hat tours over the weekend of October 15th-16th!
The Shrine Classical Concert Series is back! Please refer to this article for a review of a recent concert:
The flyer above provides all upcoming dates.
Woodlawn neighbors and Shrine supporters mingled at the Woodlawn Community Picnic recently! A Jumpy Castle, face-painting and ice-cream added to the fun! Thanks to co-sponsors First Presbyterian, the Institute of Christ the King, and the Woodlawn and Kimbark Block Clubs for a lovely afternoon! Also thanks to Robust Coffee Lounge for the delicious coffee!
Please join Institute Of Christ The King and many neighbors for a day of celebration of community!
Please view DNAinfo’s article on
“Shrine Of Christ The King Gets Permits To Start Rebuilding” by clicking on the link below.
On August 29, 2016 the City of Chicago Department of Buildings issued the Building Permit for the Shrine’s New Roof! The Permit specifies that the new roof will match the “original Landmark building structure.”
The Sacred Architecture Journal, which released its Spring/Summer Edition last week, featured the Shrine as its leading News story!! The Journal covers sacred architecture around the world, focusing primarily but not exclusively on Catholic churches.
The Journal’s Editor, Duncan Stroik, also gave the wonderful quote currently in our booklet (see below): “Henry J. Schlacks is one of the preeminent ecclesiastical architects in the city of Chicago… St. Gelasius is certainly one of his finest works and is a sophisticated essay in classical architecture. It is a gem.”
The Coalition is grateful to the Journal for such prominent coverage and for bringing the Shrine’s story to an ever-growing audience of enthusiasts for sacred architecture.
The Sacred Architecture Journal is published twice annually by the Institute for Sacred Architecture at Notre Dame. To learn more, visit:http://www.sacredarchitecture.org/ and find them on facebook at www.facebook.com/SacredArchitecture.
The Roof Structural Replacement drawings have been received from Wiss, Janney, Elstner (WJE), the structural engineer. Canon Talarico, Jim Raffin of Raffin Construction, and A. Elizabeth Ortner of Studio 31a reviewed the drawings in the Shrine. Raffin Construction will use these drawings to get multiple bids from subcontractors to firm up pricing on the cost of this phase of the work. These drawings will also be used to go in for the Building Permit with the City of Chicago. Studio 31a is working on setting up a meeting with the City as they have a vested interest in this project.