Monday, October 16



Sacred Heart Church in downtown Peoria will be rededicated this October 29, having undergone an extensive restoration. And not just a restoration, they actually put in side altars, a high altar, and some railing on the sides. It's a pretty major overhaul. They've added onto the church, making room for new confessionals, among other things; new mosaics and stained glass are being installed, as well as a new organ.

The ceiling has been redone in red and gold, presumably in honor of the Sacred Heart. Don't worry; that's the old stained glass.

This is a piece of what will be replacing it.

Lift high the cross.

Photo gallery 1 is mostly before pictures, but galleries 2 and 3
have some lovely details of the interior work and facade, and Gallery 4 shows some of the exterior additions, the garden, as well as some finishing details.

Downtown Peoria is home to an impressive share of beautiful Catholic architecture, including St. Martin de Porres, St. Mark's which is the Diocesan Shrine of the Blessed Fra Angelico, and, of course, the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception, which R.A. Cram had a hand in. This is quickly becoming a hot spot for Midwest liturgical tourists (well, most of my friends have stopped by, at any rate).

If you're curious who is responsible for such projects, aside from this guy, these people seem to have their hands in most of the good stuff going on architecturally around here.

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