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The Chicago Architectural Foundation's tour of 5 churches in Pilsen

1. St. Adalbert's (1650 W. 17th St.), constructed 1912-14 (Polish)
2. St. Paul's (2234 S. Hoyne), constructed 1902-4 (German)
3. First Immanuel Lutheran (1124 S. Ashland), constructed in present configuration 1888 (German)
4. First Baptist Congregational (60 N. Ashland), 1869-71
5. St. Procopius (1641 S. Allport), 1881-83 (Bohemian)

St. Adalbert's (1650 W. 17th St.), constructed 1912-14 (Polish). Architect: Henry Schlacks (also the architect for St. Paul's, just below).


Scaffolding to hold the towers up. More stairs across the street, where the houses were built before
the street was raised to accommodate the sewer system. All these houses are below street level.
Above the altar, two murals representing episodes from the saint's life, and, left, a window portraying
his burial after his martyrdom (like Boniface, he cut down sacred oak trees).
The rose window.
The church was built to resemble the basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls
in Rome, which, as you will see if you Google it, is a much grander affair. On a good day you can Google and go here and take the sensational virtual tour. But be warned; half the time this link does not work and you'd do as well to pull up some Google images.

2. St. Paul's

Just about the crown jewel of Chicago Catholic churches, simple, sweeping--and brick! Built by the parishoners.
Built in two years (the fabric; the interior took another 20). This church and St. Adalbert's
were both designed by Henry Schlacks--he was 28 when he designed this one.



3. First Immanuel Lutheran
Built for Germans; the congregtion is 160 years old; the interior seated 1600 in 1888.

The windows are 20th century, but the roundels are original.

4. First Baptist Congregtional Church
This was Mary Todd Lincoln's church at one time.
It's got the 4th largest pipe organ in the city of Chicago, with pipes up to 33' tall.


5. St. Procopius
Once Dominican, now Jesuit. There were said to be 10,000 parishoners here,
but that's hard to believe. That's a lot of people for the city's third (not one and only) Bohemian parish.
A big neighborhood church.


Adios to wedding party the last of which we thought we would never see--or hear!
All tales told, a group of wonderful churches and guides and mostly good weather.
We were glad to be heading down the last aisle at last! Thanks to the CAF for a great day.