Chicago Catholic Churches: A Sketchbook

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It began as the hobby of a lifelong Chicagoan. Twenty-five years and more than three hundred freehand church sketches later, it acts as an archive for centuries of architectural and religious history. The pen-and-ink drawings meticulously capture the details of each individual church down to the bullet holes Al Capone’s hit men put in the façade of Holy Name Cathedral. The comprehensive collection also includes structures that were razed or repurposed, their memories lost save for the loyal parishioners who remember their roots. From St. Adalbert to St. Willibrord, Harrison Fillmore traces the unmistakable profiles of Chicago’s Catholic churches into a single gallery of heartfelt art.
ISBN: 9781467151726
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Illinois
Series: Landmarks
Images: 305
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Harrison Fillmore is the nom de plume of a thirty-five-plus-year city worker and lifelong resident here in the city of Chicago. The job afforded him the experiences and observations of every neighborhood, every parish and every nook and cranny of this city. He began sketching city scenes at a very early age, and about twenty-five years ago, he became inspired after witnessing the demolition of several beautiful churches. Thus began a project intended to capture every single Catholic church in Chicago.
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