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

Address

6401 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Neighborhood

Hyde Park

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: 9am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: 9am - 5pm

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible

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 a devastating fire, but in 2015 another fire nearly destroyed the building. The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest is once again embarking on an ambitious restoration campaign, beginning with the construction of a new roof to shelter the interior from the elements. In the meantime, the Shrine’s vibrant religious community is meeting in temporary space next door at First Presbyterian Church to celebrate traditional Latin liturgy.

Behind the Scenes

Take a hard-hat tour of this church that is once again embarking on an ambitious restoration after a devastating fire. Follow the Shrine on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook for updates on the restoration.