Old St. Patrick's Church (Chicago)

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St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church
St. Patrick's Church, Adams & Desplaines Streets, Chicago (Cook County, Illinois).jpg
Old St. Patrick's in 1963
Old St. Patrick's Church (Chicago) is located in Chicago
Old St. Patrick's Church (Chicago)
Old St. Patrick's Church (Chicago) is located in Illinois
Old St. Patrick's Church (Chicago)
Old St. Patrick's Church (Chicago) is located in the US
Old St. Patrick's Church (Chicago)
Location Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates 41°52′45″N 87°38′40″W / 41.87917°N 87.64444°W / 41.87917; -87.64444Coordinates: 41°52′45″N 87°38′40″W / 41.87917°N 87.64444°W / 41.87917; -87.64444
Built 1854
Architect Carter & Bauer
Architectural style Romanesque
NRHP Reference # 77000481
Added to NRHP July 15, 1977[1]

Old St. Patrick's Church, also known as St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church and commonly known as Old St. Pat's, is a Roman Catholic parish in Chicago, Illinois. Located at 700 West Adams Street, it has been described as the "cornerstone of Irish culture" in Chicago.[2] The main church building is one of a handful of structures remaining in the city that predate the 1871 Great Chicago Fire, and is the city's oldest standing church building.[3]

Old St. Patrick's Church was founded on Easter Sunday, April 12, 1846. The parish was originally housed in a wooden building at Randolph Street and DesPlaines Street. In the 1850s, the present church building was constructed of yellow Cream City brick from Milwaukee.[2] Two octagonal spires, said to represent the Eastern Church and the Western Church, were added in 1885. By the 1880s, most of the parish was composed of Irish-Americans, and from 1912 through 1922, the interior was redecorated by Thomas A. O'Shaughnessy and others in the Celtic Revival style. O'Shaugnessy modeled some of the ornamentation after the illuminations found in the Book of Kells.[4] The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

night view

Today, Old St. Pat's is known for hosting an annual summer block party, which it describes as the "world's largest".[5]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b McNamee, Tom (16 March 1997). "Chicago's Irish temple - Old St. Pat's prizes rich heritage". Chicago Sun-Times. Highbeam.com. p. 22. 
  3. ^ Schulze, Franz; Harrington, Kevin (1 November 2003). Chicago's Famous Buildings (5th ed.). University of Chicago Press. p. 109. ISBN 0-226-74066-8. 
  4. ^ Achilles, Rolf (7 September 1997). "New St. Pat's: An old Celtic church reflects its modern congregation". Chicago Tribune. p. 20. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  5. ^ Tucker, Ernest (27 February 2000). "Bringing community back to Old St. Pat's". Chicago Sun-Times. Highbeam.com. p. 12. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 

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