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St. Leo Catholic Church

7752 S. Emerald Ave.,
Chicago (Cook County)

Built 1905


This 1905 Romanesque Revival church features a majestic bell tower and other Prairie Style-influenced details. Its architect was William J. Brinkman, whose church designs include St. Michael’s in the Old Town Triangle District.


This vacant church was demolished for a proposed


140-unit housing project for homeless veterans, which is being sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Catholic Charities. Although there are numerous large vacant lots in the area, this project—one of five similar pilot efforts in the nation—calls for the demolition of the church and a school building. The bell tower is scheduled to remain.

















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