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Property Name Passionist Fathers Monastery
Reference Number 13000048
State Illinois
County Cook
Town Chicago
Street Address 5700 North Harlem Avenue, Chicago, IL
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 03/06/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture
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The Passionist Fathers Monastery at 5700 North Harlem Avenue, designed by Chicago architect Joseph Molitor and completed in 1910, is locally significant under National Register Criterion C for architecture as a fine example of an early twentieth century monastery with Classical, Baroque, and Romanesque-style detailing, and as one of the largest and most prominent religious structures in the Chicago community of Norwood Park. The overall design and craftsmanship of the monastery is reflected in the intricate stone and brick detailing seen throughout the building. The Classical elements at the base of the building , including the monumental stone entrance surround, rusticated water table and substantial stringcourse, are complimented by the Baroque-style gable above the main entrance and the row of round arched windows that give the impression of an arcade along the third story. These stylistic and architectural features are indicative of the work of Chicago architect Joseph Molitor, who was a prolific designer of ecclesiastical buildings throughout the city.


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