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St. Mary of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church

Address

1039 W. 32nd St.

Neighborhood

Bridgeport / Back of the Yards

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: 9am - 3pm

Sun, Oct 16: 12pm - 5pm

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

Henry Engelbert, 1903

Description

This church was founded in 1882 to serve the Polish families of Bridgeport. It has a Romanesque exterior of decorative brick with stone corbelling. The interior is Byzantine and resembles a Greek Cross with half domes and arches surrounding a 113-foot-high central dome. The dome is made entirely of wood with ornamental copper and is lit by a ring of lantern windows. The lavishly-decorated nave is enriched with Stations of the Cross, statuary and original stained-glass windows by Joseph Artmaier. The nave and sanctuary also feature fine scagliola work, elaborate altars, a suspended pulpit topped by a cupola, and decorative stenciling and murals by John Mallin. The Austin organ was installed in 1928.

Behind the Scenes

See the incredible artwork inside this unique church and enjoy occasional organ performances.