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Churches of Chicago

The legacy of Polish Catholics in Chicago's built environment is strong. Structures christened as "Polish Cathedrals" dot the city's metropolitan area. Built with the proverbial widow's mite, they were meant to last for the ages. These magnificent edifices were a statement by local Poles at a time when Poland did not have a state that their culture had value and that it deserved respect. 


Today, many of these houses of the holy are under threat of closure and demolition, a fact that I like many of the faithful in the Archdiocese of Chicago am powerless to stop. The aim of this project is to at the very least preserve this dazzling array of sacred spaces through these images. It is what I can to keep this rich tradition alive.

This project is produced in collaboration with Daniel Pogorzelski.

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