Plan to Replace Saint Dominic’s Church with Condominiums Revised

Drawing of 873 North Swdgwick

We have long, and repeatedly, lamented the demise of Saint Dominic’s Church (357 West Locust Street) in the city’s Cabrini Green neighborhood.  The church was instrumental in taming a part of the city that grew up from the swamps as a lawless district of vice and poverty.  In an area so bad that for generations it was known as “Little Hell,” Saint Dominic’s was an oasis of faith, hope, and charity.

Saint Dominic Roman Catholic Church

Doomed: Nothing can save Saint Dominic’s Church now.

Six months ago, Wendy Bright wrote an article for us about the history of the church, and the neighborhood as it transitioned from Little Hell to Cabrini Green to the rebirth it is experiencing today.  Unfortunately, the renaissance is happening without the church.

The future of Saint Dominic’s lies with the wrecking ball, and it is toward the future that this article looks.  For the plan for replacing the holy place with a small residential building was revised again a few days ago.  So here are the latest details and pictures:

  • Address: 873 North Sedgwick Street
  • Developer: Locust Sedgwick LLC
  • For realsies: Conlon & Co
  • Architecture firm: Sullivan Goulette & Wilson Architects
  • Height to roof: 74 feet, 10 inches
  • Height to top of elevator penthouse: 91 feet, 10 inches
  • Width: 234 feet
  • Depth: 109 feet
  • Stories: Six
  • Residences: 45
  • Residences per floor: Nine
  • Residence size: 1,184 square feet to 1,968 square feet
  • Parking: 51 spaces, enclosed, ground floor
  • Bicycle parking: 28 spaces
  • 2nd floor setback creates a 5,322-square-foot south (skyline) facing terrace
  • Entrance faces north, Locust Street

Location: 873 North Sedgwick Street, Cabrini Green

Author: Editor

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