St. Laurence Church

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The stunning Romanesque revival St. Laurence church, along with its classi cal rectory, convent, and school, were shuttered by the Archdiocese of Chicago eight years ago. The religious complex is beautifully detailed and the interior of the church itself is reported to be remarkably intact, including beautiful mural work and other paintings. Until the site was shuttered by the Archdiocese, the school, church, and rectory were a vital community center in Grand Crossing and a significant architectural and cultural landmark to the neighborhood. However, a new senior living center planned for the site may spell doom for these beautiful buildings.

Update:  In the spring of 2012, it was reported that the financing for the senior living center had fallen through.  As of yet, no demolition permit has been applied for.


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