Church (second post)

by Camellia Staab August. 18, 2019 265 views

Obviously from the sign above you now know that this is the Holy Name Cathedral. This church was built in the Gothic revival architectural style while at the same time integrating motifs symbolic of the message of the modern Church. The church building is 233 feet (71 m) long, 126 feet (38 m) wide and can seat 1,110 people. The ceiling is 70 feet (21 m) high and has a spire that reaches 210 feet (64 m) into the sky. Overall, the cathedral features motifs meant to instill an ambience of physically dwelling in the biblical tree of life.

Holy Name Cathedral replaced the Cathedral of Saint Mary and the Church of the Holy Name, which were destroyed by the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and was dedicated on November 21, 1875. A cornerstone inscription still bears bullet marks from the murder of North Side Gang member Hymie Weiss, who was killed across the street on October 11, 1926.

Once inside the church, the most striking feature is the suspended Resurrection Crucifix sculpted by the artist Ivo Demetz. Adorning the walls of the nave are the Stations of the Cross by artist Goffredo Verginelli depicting Passion,Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ. The stations are cast in bronze and framed in red Rocco Alicante marble.

Holy Name Cathedral underwent extensive emergency repairs from February 2008 through August 2008 due to a piece of the ornate wooden ceiling falling to the floor the night of February 10, 2008. Upon further inspection and more pieces falling—the Cathedral was closed for emergency repairs. It reopened to the public for weekend Masses the weekend of August 30–31. It fully reopened on November 17, 2008.

The Cathedral was closed again after a major fire on February 4, 2009, which started in the attic where workers were finishing up emergency work that began in February 2008. The cause of the fire was determined to be a faulty ice melting system in the roof line of the church. The facility suffered extensive water damage. Fr. Matthew Compton, after going door to door through the rectory to help evacuate, then rescued the Blessed Sacrament with a fire department chaplain. Firefighters entered the burning attic without their helmets and oxygen tanks. A fire in the attic of a building in the style of Holy Name Cathedral is usually declared a loss and just contained; the action of the firefighters that day saved Holy Name Cathedral. The restoration work following the fire was performed by Daprato Rigali Studios. All Masses for the weekend were moved to the auditorium as they had been during 2008. The Archdiocese of Chicago floated a loan to Holy Name in order to finance the repairs. The Cathedral reopened the weekend of August 1, 2009. (source)

I chose to add a second post today because I had more pictures of another church but did not want to combined them into one post since each has its own beauty and story.

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Buster Bruce 1 year, 1 month ago

Just breath taking Camellia-

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 1 month ago

Thanks for these fine images and interesting history!grinning

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Camellia Staab Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 1 month ago

Thanks for stopping in smile

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Jay Boggess Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 1 month ago

My Pleasure!grinning

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Trinicia Perch 1 year, 1 month ago

Awesome shots!  Very beautiful church.  Thanks for sharing.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Trinicia Perch 1 year, 1 month ago

Thank you smile

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 1 month ago

The ceiling is so intricate. Great pictures Camellia

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 1 month ago

Thank you Antonio smile

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