CHICAGO, IL – Engineers from Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) were on site at the Shrine inspecting and numbering the limestone pieces that were removed right after the fire. These pieces will go back on the building like larger puzzle pieces. The pieces were removed right after the fire due to the unsafe structure underneath the southwest corner of the building. Masonry work this Fall has been building back this corner and the stone will be put back into place.
CHICAGO, IL – Canon Talarico visited the fabrication shop to see the progress of the steel connections and also to provide a blessing! The existing steel trusses and purlins were damaged during the heat of the fire and cannot hold the strength needed for the new roof. The labor intensive process of shop drawing review has led to the fabrication of the steel trusses. The fabrication shop has labeled each piece and with the use of the drawings will connect the pieces into what will become the trusses.
We all look forward to the erection of the new trusses in December!!
CHICAGO, IL – This week work continues at the Shrine. The steel in the Southwest corner of the building, opposite the bell tower, is steel that is to remain. Prior to the roof replacement the steel is prepped and primed with a protective coat of paint. This area is accessed by scaffolding that is built from the ground up on the inside of the southwest corner of the building.
CHICAGO, IL – The use of Genie Lift is now on site at the Shrine helping the workers reach those high areas. Scaffolding will still be used at the far east and west walls but the lift will be able to reach almost everything else. Scaffolding has been installed on the far east wall for tuckpointing.
Tuckpointing is the method of repairing weathered joints in old masonry. The joints are cut or raked and then wet mortar is placed in the joint.
CHICAGO, IL – Demolition of the Organ Loft was done last week to provide more access for the installation of the steel. The existing loft construction was severely damaged in the fire and after being open to the elements for two years, it was unsafe and had to be removed. No worries, the entire area was digitally scanned last year so it can be reconstructed to be better than new!
CHICAGO, IL – Enjoy a unique look at Open House Chicago 2017 at the Shrine! Visitors were given the opportunity to take a hard hat tour of the Shrine and see its restoration progress up close. We are happy to announce that despite the down pour of rain on Day 1 of Open House Chicago, 525 people braved the unfavorable weather conditions and came out to #SeeTheShrine during Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago on October 14th & 15th!! God blessed us and our visitors with an hour of beautiful blue skies on Day 2 to close out the weekend.
View the awesome drone footage of Open House Chicago…
See photos of the Shrine taken by participants of Open House Chicago!
Shrine of Christ the King Earns Acceptance in National Grant Program
Chicago, Illinois (October 11, 2017) – The National Fund for Sacred Places, a program of Partners for Sacred Places and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, announced the acceptance of Shrine of Christ the King as one of 17 congregations nationwide to participate in a national grant-making program that supports capital building projects at historic houses of worship. Launched last year with grants totaling $14 million from the Indiana-based Lilly Endowment Inc., the National Fund will offer planning grants, professional services, and capital grants ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 to a minimum of 50 congregations over four years.
Chad Martin, Director of the National Fund, says that Shrine of Christ the King was well positioned for acceptance into this year’s cohort, for which over 220 congregations applied. “We are thrilled with the opportunity to be a part of this major preservation effort, a project to save a building rooted deeply in historic Catholic architecture. The story of the Shrine re-enlivening this sacred place as an asset for the community, and persevering despite two major fires in recent years is important for Chicago and for the country.”
The Shrine will use awarded funds to complete Phase One of development work after a 3-alarm fire in 2015 turned the 1928 structure into ruins. After previous decades of saving the building from demolition, preservationists and residents have rallied to rebuild the last Catholic church in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago’s South Side.
“Because of the National Fund, we will be able to complete the roof installation on this Chicago landmark,” says Shrine Rector Canon Matthew Talarico. “It’s the first step in getting us home in the Shrine building.”
The final grant amount will be determined upon the completion of the technical support parts of the program — including training and project consultation.
The complete list of National Fund awardees for the 2017-18 program year include the following:
● Holy Ascension of Our Lord Cathedral Russian Orthodox Church—Unalaska, AK
● Judson Memorial Church—New York, NY
● Lutheran Church of the Reformation—Washington, DC
● Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purisima Concepción de Acuña—San Antonio, TX
● Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church—Indianapolis, IN
● Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church—Cedar Rapids, IA
● Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest—Chicago, IL
● United Baptist Church of Poultney—Poultney, VT
● Wesley African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church—Philadelphia, PA
About The National Fund for Sacred Places
The National Fund for Sacred Places is a program of Partners for Sacred Places in collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. www.fundforsacredplaces.org
About Partners for Sacred Places
Partners for Sacred Places helps congregations and others with a stake in older religious properties make the most of them as civic assets in ways that benefit people of all faiths and of no faith. Learn more at sacredplaces.org
About The National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, protects significant places representing our diverse cultural experience by taking direct action and inspiring broad public support. www.savingplaces.org
For more information, contact the following:
In order to set up media interviews with the Shrine Rector, Rev. Canon Matthew Talarico, please contact Jacqueline Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions regarding The National Fund for Sacred Places, please contact Chad Martin, Director, at 215-567-3432 x19 (Philadelphia office)
CHICAGO, IL –Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE) was on site yesterday to inspect the southwest corner of the Shrine. During the fire, this corner (shown below) was badly damaged and unstable stone was removed shortly after the fire for protection from falling. WJE inspected the remaining stone and brick by using a hammer test to check for structural integrity. In another area a metal detector was used to find the steel column embedded in the brick.