Notre Dame de Chicago

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Notre Dame de Chicago
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Notre Dame de Chicago is located in Illinois
Notre Dame de Chicago
Location 1338 W. Flournoy St., Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates 41°52′24″N 87°39′39″W / 41.87333°N 87.66083°W / 41.87333; -87.66083Coordinates: 41°52′24″N 87°39′39″W / 41.87333°N 87.66083°W / 41.87333; -87.66083
Area less than one acre
Built 1889–92
Architectural style Romanesque
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 79000826[1]
Added to NRHP March 7, 1979

Notre Dame de Chicago is a Roman Catholic church in the Near West Side community area of Chicago, Illinois. The church was built from 1889 to 1892, replacing an earlier church built in 1865 at a different site. French Canadian architect Gregoire Vigeant designed the church in the Romanesque Revival style; the design has a heavy French influence which can be seen in its Greek cross layout, its hipped roofs and square domes, and the emphasis on height suggested by its two cupolas and its lantern. Due to the declining size of its original French congregation, the Archdiocese of Chicago gave control of the church to the Fathers of the Blessed Sacrament in 1918. The church hosted the International Eucharistic Congress in 1926.[2]

As the successor to the St. Louis Church, the first French church in Chicago, Notre Dame de Chicago represents a significant part of the history of French immigrants in Chicago. The church has been called "the best extant landmark associated with the French in Chicago" and "the only surviving French monument" in the city.[2] Due to its importance to the history of the French community and its architectural significance, the church was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 7, 1979.[1]

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