Here are photos of Old St. Pat's in it's original glory. The church has gone through a dramatic renovation since it's original construction in 1846 and one of the few buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The photos were taken in between classes while a student at UIC on a quiet weekday afternoon when the church was open to worshipers seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life. To witness the faith and beauty of Old St. Pat's brought you back to a time when immigrants sought to pay homage to their Irish heritage and the Catholic faith. Today the church continues to be a beacon of Catholic life in the West Loop and a historic landmark as the oldest building in Chicago.
© Diane Alexander White PHOTOGRAPHY