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St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church

St. Stanislas Kostka Church is designated as Chicago's Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy.

St. Stanislaus Kostka Church is the 'mother church' of all other Polish churches in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

It is a prime example of the so-called 'Polish Cathedral style' of churches in both its opulence and grand scale.

Along with the Basilica of St. Hyacinth, St. Mary of the Angels, and St. Hedwig's, it is one of the many monumental Polish churches visible...

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St. Benedict the African Roman Catholic Church

Address: 6559 S. Stewart Ave. Chicago, IL 60621.

Completed: 1989

Architects: Belli & Belli

Stained Glass Windows - by David Lee Csicsko.

From the Open House Chicago website.. Five parishes were consolidated into St. Benedict the African in the 1980s. Unlike most Catholic churches in Chicago, which were built by European immigrants, St. Benedict was designed specifically with and for its predominantly African American community. The result is a Modernist church—named for a slave in 16th-century Italy who followed...
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Studio Visit of Artist Muralist Hector Duarte.

It was part of Open House Chicago 2017.

On a cold, rainy day of October 14, 2017, I visited the studio of artist Hector Duarte.  The studio was vibrant and warm, with brightly colored murals on the walls that would cheer anyone on a cold damp day!  It was the first time that I was meeting the artist. He was very polite and courteous and willing to talking about his art. I at once felt welcomed and comfortable.

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Selfie with Artist Muralist Hector Duarte

October 14, 2017.

At Artists's Home-Studio in Pilsen.

Hector Duarte is a well known artist muralist in Chicago and his native Michoacán, Mexico. He was born in 1952 in Caurio, Michoacán, Mexico. In 1977, he studied mural painting at the workshop of David Alfaro Siquieros, one of the giants of Mexican muralism. He moved to Chicago in 1985. He has created more than 50 murals that can be seen in schools libraries, transit stops and neighborhoods...

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Open House Chicago

Open House Chicago [OHC] event is organized by Chicago Architecture Foundation. OHC is the city’s annual architecture festival. For one weekend in October you can explore Chicago’s most iconic and unique architectural treasures. OHC is a citywide event that includes more than 200 sites located in 20 neighborhoods. From mansions to sacred spaces, theaters to private clubs, hotels to secret rooms, OHC gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at many of the city’s great spaces that are rarely open to the public. The sites in these neighborhoods reflect...
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Public Art on William J. Donovan Bridge, aka Wilson Street Bridge.

William J. Donovan bridge is the only bridge in Batavia over Fox River.  The current Wilson Street Bridge, or Donovan Bridge, is the 3rd generation of the bridge and was built between 2007 and 2008. The bridge it replaced stood since 1911, which replaced the original structure built in the mid-1800's. As the only bridge in Batavia, the Donovan Bridge is an important piece in local architectural heritage. In 1911,...

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Fractal Cluster by Bruce White

Location: Dionovan Bridge, Wilson Street, Batavia.

Installed: October 3, 2017.

Stainless Steel / Completed: 2017.

When the Donovan Street Bridge project was completed in 2007, the design included four piers, each with a location designated for four works of art corresponding to the categories: Nature, History, Science and Art.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 was the installation of "Fractal Cluster" by Bruce White, which represents Science.

It was the fourth and the...

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