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Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (St. Gelasius, St. Clara)

Not an active site.

Address

6401 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Neighborhood

Hyde Park

Architect

Henry J. Schlacks, 1927

Description

The former St. Gelasius (later St. Clara) Church was the final work of ecclesiastical architect Henry J. Schlacks. It was rescued from demolition in 2003 after suffering a devastating fire. Its restoration was entrusted to the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, and it has become their American headquarters. It is now Shrine to the Infant King, focused on an 18th-century Spanish statue of the Christ Child. It is once again a vibrant religious community where neighbors and congregants from the entire Chicago area come together for traditional liturgy. A complete restoration of the interior is planned, but for now the exposed ceiling trusses and lingering charred spots bear witness to the church’s near-demise.