Re: Funeral Home...Grand and Marshfield
Date: May 05, 2010 09:23PM
Okay, here's the scoop from [i]A History of the parishes of the Archdiocese of Chicago[i][/i][/i]v. 2 1980, p.1645-48:
St. Columbkille was established as a mission of St. Patrick Church at Adams and Desplaines; formally organized as a parish in 1859 with the original church built as a frame structure at Owen st. (later Indiana st and that became Grand av.); predominantly Irish congregation.
1868 - parish rectory built at Grand av, adjacent to the church and a brick school building at 527 N. Paulina.
1871 - new church - cornerstone laid at Grand and Paulina on the Northeast corner, designed by Augustus Bauer & Company & dedicated in 1877. Next a rectory built at 1648 W. Grand, which was destroyed by fire in 1972.
1883 - a permit was taken out for a 3 story school building 80 x 72 at 520 N. Marshfield. It had 12 classrooms and was completed in 1886.
1969 - the school building was rented by Esperanza School for Exceptional Children and subsequently sold to them
1975 - parish was consolidated with Holy Innocents at 743 N. Armour, the last Mass was said in the church in June and on Oct. 18 that year a fire destroyed the church building.
This set of books makes for really interesting reading even if you aren't Catholic. It gives a snapshot of the neighborhoods and other tidbits of local history along with the history of each parish, church and school building. It is also full of pictures of all the old churches.
So, thanks to wayoutwardell for making it that much easier to find the information. I kind of already knew that St. Columbkille was an Irish parish, but would have gotten that from the name too, as that is an Irish saint's name (kind of like Patrick, Bridget, Columba, Ita, to name a few)
Hope this answers a few questions anyway,