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St. Adalbert Roman Catholic Church

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Address

1650 W. 17th St.

Neighborhood

Pilsen

Architect

Henry J. Schlacks, 1914

Description

With its twin 185-foot towers and copper domes, St. Adalbert church was modeled after St. Paul’s Basilica in Rome. The building is a prime example of the Renaissance-Revival style. A white marble statue of St. Adalbert stares down from the massive, elaborate altar of Carrara marble. Another depiction of St. Adalbert is found in a stained-glass window by F. X. Zettler, a German studio that won a prize over Louis Comfort Tiffany at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. The parish was founded in 1874 to serve Chicago’s Polish population—a fact made clear by the stained glass windows depicting Polish saints Casimir and Stanislaus Kostka. Today St. Adalbert’s serves Pilsen’s Mexican community with a shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Services are offered in both Polish and Spanish. St. Adalbert is active in supporting community work for new and renovated housing and economic development.