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St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church

Address

733 S. Ashland Ave.

Neighborhood

Near West Side

Hours

Sat, Oct 19: 10am - 3pm

Sun, Oct 20: 12pm - 4pm

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

Alexander Levy, 1910

Description

Visit this completely restored church, designed by Alexander Levy in a Greek Revival style. It opened in 1910 as Anshe Sholom Synagogue, became a Greek Orthodox church in 1927, and struggled to retain its membership over the ensuing decades as urban renewal and highway construction displaced large portions of the community. A fire gravely damaged the church in 1977, from which it took the congregation two decades to rebuild. Yet another fire tore through the church in 2013, but St. Basil rallied quickly to fully renovate the sanctuary and re-plate the dome as a beacon welcoming back members.

Visitor Experience

Explore the main sanctuary and upper balcony of this completely restored Greek Orthodox church. If visiting before 11:30am Sunday, please enter the church quietly.