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St. Laurence Complex
7148 S. Dorchester Ave., Chicago (Cook County)




This collection of buildings is one of Chicago’s most intact and impressive early-20th century religious complexes. The church and rectory, designed by architect Joseph Molitor, were completed in 1911. The adjacent two-story parish house and neighboring school were built approximately 30 years later. All four buildings were sold by the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago in 2005 to Eden Supportive Living for reuse as senior housing. An initial proposal for the site – which called for reuse of just the school building – was approved by city officials, but rejected by the community. Since then, the church has suffered water damage from burst pipes over two winters. Conversations with city officials have confirmed that the local alderman is now supportive of wholesale demolition of the site.


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