Saint Clement Parish & School

Chicago, Illinois

The parish basement renovation includes a chapel for 450 people, a flexible meeting space, and an overnight homeless shelter. Space at the rear of the chapel can be separated by a moveable partition allowing flexible use as both gathering area and homeless shelter. Traditional details including stained glass, millwork, and mosaic tile reinforce the sacred character of the space.

Working with the Saint Clement Parish Building Committee, McBride Kelley Baurer transformed 10,000 square feet of the under-utilized school basement into a new Parish Center and cafeteria. A flexible assembly space and café seats 300 people. In addition, a new accessible entry, new finishes and air conditioning make the Parish Center decidedly un-basement-like.

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