“Pilsen’s rookie Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) has requested that the shuttered St. Adalbert Church be designated a Chicago landmark in hopes of keeping the historic building away from the wrecking ball.
“Sigcho-Lopez sent a letter Wednesday to the city’s Planning and Development Department requesting the distinguished designation that would include the church’s exterior facades, iconic twin towers, interior sanctuary, and rectory.
“The move would “honor and preserve these beautiful and architecturally significant structures and encourage positive developments towards a goal of maintaining these buildings,” Sigcho-Lopez wrote, according to a copy of the letter obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.
“If St. Adalbert, at 1636 W. 17th St., is designated a landmark, any work requiring a permit from the Department of Buildings — including demolition — would be reviewed by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks. Demolition of the buildings would also require approval from the Committee on Historical Landmark Preservation and would go up for a vote in City Council.” (Ballesteros, 10/18/19)