BUYER WANTED: St. Paul’s Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church Listed Again

St. Paul’s Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1892, 2215 W North Ave. Photo Credit:

“CONDO CONVERSION, CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS, LUXURY APARTMENTS, CHURCH OR SINGLE FAMILY CASTLE possible at this phenomenal location. Luxury condos estimated resale value $850,000 each. Potential for 8 parking spaces. ZONED B3-2. LAND SIZE 8073 sq/ft. 17245 buildable sq/ft. Wicker Park Richardsonian Romanesque Landmark Church.

“FULL AND VERY HIGH BASEMENT. Striking interior and stained-glass detailing; fine woodwork and wooden sanctuary ceiling. City landmark status. Needs work. Excellently located in the heart of the Wicker Park action. Very close to Damen / Milwaukee Blue Line. Cash deal only. No contingencies. As-is.” (

“A 19th-century church building on North Avenue where two proposed residential conversions have failed in recent years is back on the market.

“The question for any potential buyer will be how many residential units will get the neighborhood’s blessing—or how few. In 2017, a developer’s plan to turn the former St. Paul’s Church into 28 apartments failed to get neighborhood support. In 2019, a different developer’s plan for 19 units did not move forward either.

“Under its current zoning classification, B-32, the roughly 8,100 square feet of land St Paul’s stands on would be allowed to have eight units of about 1,000 square feet each. The building itself is about 16,500 square feet, which would likely allow a redeveloper to get more than eight units approved.

“‘What we’re hearing is that based on (purchase) and rehab costs, it would be difficult to make anything work with under about 19 units,’ said Nicholas Zettel, who works on zoning issues for Ald. Daniel La Spata, 1st, in whose ward the building stands. Zettel said no proposals have been brought to the ward office since the 19-unit project’s developers backed out last year.

“The current condition of the church’s interior would not allow a new user to move right in without updates, Zettel said. “It’s in some kind of a state,” Zettel said. “It will have to be a rehab project if you want to preserve the exterior.”

“Demolition approval would be difficult to obtain because the building is in the Wicker Park Historic District, designated by the city in 1991.” (Rodkin, Crain’s Chicago Business, 7/8/20)

Read the older story at Crain’s Chicago Business

Historic Wicker Park church seeks 3rd chance to be reborn as residential; After two previous residential conversions failed to move forward, a key question for any potential buyer will be how many units—or how few—neighborhood groups will support putting in the 19th-century building, Dennis Rodkin, Crain’s Chicago Business, 7/8/20

2215 W. North Ave Loopnet Listing with many photos


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