St. Thomas Church and Convent

St. Thomas the Apostle Church
Location 5472 S. Kimbark Ave., Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates 41°47′44″N 87°35′43″W / 41.79556°N 87.59528°W / 41.79556; -87.59528Coordinates: 41°47′44″N 87°35′43″W / 41.79556°N 87.59528°W / 41.79556; -87.59528
Area less than one acre
Built 1919
NRHP Reference # 78001132[1]
Added to NRHP December 18, 1978

St. Thomas the Apostle Church is a historic site at 5472 S. Kimbark Avenue in Hyde Park, Chicago, Illinois, at 55th Street.

A Roman Catholic church of the Archdiocese of Chicago, it was built in 1919 (one source says 1922) and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. It was designed by Barry Byrne, who was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright and incorporated elements from Wright's Prairie School of design and from the modernist movement. It was built during a period of liturgical renewal that was just reaching the U.S.[2]

The church campus is also home to the Pre-Novitiate of the Carmelites of the Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary.

The church contains a set of the Stations of the Cross and a bronze Pieta designed by sculptor Alfeo Faggi.


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