LOGAN SQUARE — To passersby, the more-than-100-year-old Central Hispanic Seventh Day Adventist Church may be nothing but a grand building, lively during services but otherwise dormant.
But there’s a new campaign underway to give the historic church at 2840 W. Logan Blvd. a real presence on the block.
Logan Square Preservation is raising money to restore and backlight nearly 100 of the church’s fish-scale stained glass windows so they’ll be visible on Logan Boulevard at night.
Like many buildings its age, the church has a list of maintenance issues, including broken and cracked windows, which are original to the 1916-era building. Some of them are being held together by duct tape and pieces of plastic.
The neighborhood group, dedicated to the beautification and preservation of historic buildings in the area, is looking to raise $12,000 to bring the windows back to their original glory.
It’s a project that wouldn’t be possible without the fundraising campaign, according to Pastor Luis Eguiluz, who has been with the church for seven years.
Eguiluz said it’s difficult to keep up with the building’s mounting maintenance issues. In the summer, church leaders scrimp and save to pay for costly heating bills when winter hits, he said.
“Sometimes we struggle with different situations, but we try to keep the building nice,” Eguiluz said.
“We are so grateful and happy that [Logan Square Preservation] is taking the initiative.”
The building, designed by landmark architect Leon Stanhope, was built in 1916 for the Eleventh Church of Christ Scientist. For the last dozen years or so, the Central Hispanic Seventh Day Adventist Church has called the building home.
If all goes according to plan, the church restoration project will be the third such project for Logan Square Preservation.
The group restored the stained glass windows at the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church, known as Minnekirken, and the bell at St. John Berchmans — thanks to donations from its members and neighbors.
Donate to the campaign here.
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