Thursday, January 28, 2010

Old St. Marry's to Build New Building for Grade School

We've heard about this, but can't remember reading about it, but today we saw a rendering (below) and release on about a new catholic school being built by Old St. Marry's Church. The first comment on the story is negative (and valid in some capacity), but overall it seems like a good thing for the area:
The Archdiocese of Chicago plans to start work in June on a new school building on a South Loop site purchased from a venture including restaurateur Matthew O’Malley.

The 33,000-square-foot elementary school building is to be completed in 2011 next to Old St. Mary’s, 1500 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago’s oldest parish that has seen its school’s enrollment grow amid the housing boom on the Near South Side. The school is currently located in a 12,000-square-foot former warehouse.


Unknown said...

I love that this wonderful parish is expanding. The south loop has a lot to owe Old St. Mary’s due to its long history here. I hope Mr. O'Malley has not profited from the archdiocese with this sale... that would be bad since most parishioners have donated their hard-earned money. I would love to see a future plan to build a real church to replace the existing poorly designed hall we are currently assembling in. It is one of the worst examples of religious architecture in Chicago IMO.

Anonymous said...

About a year ago there was another rendering that was released. I liked that old design better.