Stroll down Leavitt Street in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood and you will find Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral (1121 North Leavitt Street), one of Chicago’s most architecturally significant and beautiful houses of worship.
Louis Sullivan designed Holy Trinity in 1901. Tsar Nicholas II donated $4,000 toward its construction, which was completed in 1903.
Holy Trinity was originally established as a parish church to serve Chicago’s Carpatho-Russian and Galician communities–the cathedral’s design evokes traditional country churches in Russia. Archival documents reveal that a particular wooden church in the Siberian village of Tatarskaya inspired Sullivan’s plans for Holy Trinity.
Holy Trinity was landmarked in the 1970s and has undergone several restoration projects, with further repairs planned to restore and maintain its graceful structure.