Tuesday, June 17, 2014

You can see three steeples...

...from Arrigo Park, which is across the street from my new house.

The closest is the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, above, to the northeast.

A traditionally Italian church, the current structure, above, was built in 1924. The website doesn't say, but I assume it was built in the Italianate style. Reasonable guess, wouldn't you say?

The second is Notre Dame, to the northwest, which was completed in 1892 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It's my favorite; the dome is spectacular. (The closeup, below, taken from the corner of Flournoy and Ada, doesn't do it justice.)

Designed in the Romanesque Revival style, it's the only existing structure built by the city's original French settlers.

My Irish grandmother, Bess Duffy, was born in this neighborhood around that time. Could she have been baptized there?

Finally, we have St. Ignatius to the southeast. That's it behind those condo buildings; it's about a half a mile away.

The main building, above, was built in the Second Empire style. (I looked that up; many of the structures on and around the Champs-Elysees, including the Elysee Palace itself, were built in that style.)

Begun in 1869, it is one of the five public buildings in Chicago that survived the Great Fire of 1871. It's also on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated a Chicago Landmark in 1987.

It's a cool neighborhood, isn't it?

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