While other parts of the nation (even the Midwest) can’t build houses of worship fast enough to meet demand, the de-consecration of Chicago continues. The latest building slated to make the transition from holy place to housing is in Logan Square.
That’s where work is underway to transform the former Temple Beth-El into 14 new apartments, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.
Congregation Beth-El left this location at 3228 West Palmer Street, just off Palmer Square, in the 1950’s, 80 years after it was founded. The congregation went elsewhere in the city for a few decades before scampering off to the north suburbs. That allowed the Logan Square Boys and Girls Club to use the Palmer Street building. The kiddies had been working out of the 14th District police station since the 1940’s.
An interior demolition permit was issued last month to gut the basement, first, and second floors. While we haven’t seen any paperwork yet for the apartment build-out, it’s our understanding that the concrete utility building and play lot next door will be removed and become greenspace, with balconies from the apartment building hanging over.