St. Barbara Church (Chicago)

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St. Barbara
St. BarbaraChurch is located in USA
St. BarbaraChurch
St. Barbara
Coordinates: 41°50′33″N 87°39′10″W / 41.8425°N 87.6528°W / 41.8425; -87.6528
Location Chicago
Country USA
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website St. Barbara Parish
Founded 1909
Founder(s) Polish immigrants
Dedication St. Barbara
Dedicated 1914
Consecrated  ()
Functional status Active
Heritage designation For Polish immigrants
Architect(s) Worthmann and Steinbach
Architectural type Church
Style Polish Cathedral style
Groundbreaking 1912 (1912)
Completed 1914 (1914)
Materials Brick

St. Barbara's in Chicago (Polish: Kościół Świętej Barbary) - historic church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago located in Chicago, Illinois, at 2859 South Throop St.

It is a prime example of the so-called "Polish Cathedral style" of churches in both its opulence and grand scale. Along with St. Mary of Perpetual Help, it is one of two monumental religious edifices that dominate the Bridgeport neighborhood's skyline.


Founded in 1909 as a Polish parish to relieve overcrowding at St. Mary of Perpetual Help. Reverend Anthony Nawrocki, brother of St. Mary's pastor Stanislaus Nawrocki was the first pastor, thus the founding of the parish was literally a family affair in both the literal and figurative sense.


The church was designed by the firm of Worthmann and Steinbach who built many of the magnificent Polish Cathedrals in Chicago. The Renaissance style edifice was completed in 1914, it is one of the few octagonal houses of worship in the archdiocese. There are 25 stunning stained glass windows, depicting the Gospel, and the lives of the saints.

Church in architecture books[edit]

  • Schulze, Franz; Harrington, Kevin (2003). Chicago's Famous Buildings. University Of Chicago Press. 
  • Chiat, Marylin (2004). The Spiritual Traveler: Chicago and Illinois: A Guide to Sacred Sites and Peaceful Places. HiddenSpring. 
  • Lane, George A. (1982). Chicago Churches and Synagogues: An Architectural Pilgrimage. Loyola Press. 
  • Kantowicz, Edward R. (2007). The Archdiocese of Chicago: A Journey of Faith. Booklink. 
  • Kociolek, Jacek (2002). Kościoły Polskie w Chicago {Polish Churches of Chicago} (in Polish). Ex Libris. 

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