Holy Name Cathedral
Holy Name Cathedral, located on State Street in Chicago
Holy Name Cathedral, looking towards the front of the church.
Interior - Post 2009 Fire. After a fire damaged the cathedral in 2009, it was restored fairly quickly. This picture was taken after that restoration.
Backstory and Context
As well, churches served as community centers. Churches, notably through the work of its nuns, provided new-coming immigrants assistance as they attempted to adjust to America (and Chicago). Immigrants relied on the church for finding jobs, day care services, English classes, financial assistance, nursing, and a host of other "social services." Moreover, churches often operated or managed schools and hospitals.
- Colossal bronze doors that weigh 1,200 pounds each and feature a "Tree of Life" theme.
- A bishop's throne, or cathedra.
- An ornate altar adorned with artwork and tabletop comprised of nearly 12,000 pounds (six tons) of reddish-Black granite.
- Large, suspended resurrection crucifix along with bronze and marble "Stations of the Cross" display adorning the walls.
- Two pipe organs, one noticeably large and the other a smaller version.
- Numerous bronze statues of Biblical figures, as well as bronze panels depicting the Holy Names of Jesus.
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Holy Name Cathedral on State.: By Gerald Farinas at English Wikipedia, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3591547
Holy Name Cathedral, looking towards the altar: Eric Alex Rogers, via Open House Chicago: https://openhousechicago.org/sites/site/holy-name-cathedral-a-roman-catholic-church/
Post-2009-Fire: By Eric Chan from Hollywood, United States - interior of the newly restored Holy Name Cathedral, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7829494