WBEZ | demo http://www.wbez.org/tags/demo Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Historic walls of Bronzeville's St. James church come tumbling down http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-07/historic-walls-bronzevilles-st-james-church-come-tumbling-down-108144 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/DSCN0492.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 450px;" title="" /></div><p>St. James Roman Catholic Church is one of the city&#39;s oldest houses of worship.</p><p>Or at least it was. The neo-Gothic edifice at 2936 S. Wabash, is being demolished now.</p><p>It was too expensive to repair, the Chicago Roman Catholic Archdiocese said, citing a $12 million pricetag. This blog first reported on the St. James&#39;s woes &mdash; and the archdiocese&#39;s wishes to demolish the nearly 140-year-old church &mdash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2012-10/st-james-infirmity-distressed-century-old-catholic-church-heads-toward">last October.</a></p><p>Reader Peggy Ryan took the above last weekend and sent it to me. Less than a year ago, St. James, though shuttered, still stood strong...<img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/PA270899_0.jpg" title="" /></p><p>...so seeing it laid open in Ryan&#39;s pictures was like a punch to the gut. Presevationists within the congregation and around the city have spent the past several months rallying to save the church, but to no avail. Ryan&#39;s photo of the wrecked interior of St. James:</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/DSCN0524.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 450px;" title="" /></div><p>&quot;While walking under the el tracks to photograph the church, I clearly understood&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9601376">what Richard Nickel felt</a>&nbsp;about the demolition of the old Stock Exchange and how he came to be found in the rubble,&quot; Ryan wrote. &quot;A love of history and beauty can do this to you.&quot;</p><p>Indeed, it can.</p></p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-07/historic-walls-bronzevilles-st-james-church-come-tumbling-down-108144