Friday, June 3, 2016
June 3, 1950 – Foundation work begins for a 1.5 million dollar church that will stand on Madison Street, former site of the La Salle Theater. The new church and friary of the Franciscan Fathers will replace the 1875 St. Peter’s Church that stands at 816 North Clark Street. The new church, designed by Vitzthum & Burns, will have seating for 1,550 in the main section with two chapels providing 500 more seats. The principal features will be an Arvid Strauss sculpture of Christ and the cross that will grace the Madison Street entrance 50 feet above the street.