Cristo Rey Chapel

CLIENT: Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, a landmark in Chicago’s Pilsen community, opened their newly renovated chapel on Easter, 2010. The existing structure, which was originally built in 1904, was in disrepair and was virtually unused for years. Now, with the help of Newman Architecture, the newly designed chapel will once again lift the spirits of its students, faculty, and neighbors alike. A tribute to the students’ Hispanic culture, the design aesthetic draws upon the iconography of Our Lady of Guadalupe and San Juan Diego.

In addition to the chapel restoration, Newman Architecture also designed a new glass-walled “link” structure, connecting the school and chapel and creating a secluded courtyard space beyond.

Photography: Paul Schlismann