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From: patricia meyers <>
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Charles L Wallace Irish architect of St MargScotland
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 20:03:29 -0800 (PST)
What a beautiful church...I checked out the photos. I'd never been in that church even tho I'm a south sider.
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From: Nan Brennan <>
Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 9:57:25 PM
Subject: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Charles L Wallace Irish architect of St Marg Scotland
Irish born architect Charles Wallace (m Julia Mahoney)
designed St Margaret of Scotand and many other Catholic churches and
schools in Chicago and Joliet;
From there website:
The current church building was designed by Charles L. Wallace, an
architect who had offices in Chicago and Joliet. The building,
dedicated by Cardinal Mundelein on June 3, 1928, is Gothic style,
cruciform in plan and has a seating capacity of 1,004. It was built
at a cost of $250,000. The school building, also designed by Mr.
Wallace and dedicated in 1930, is still used today.
Charles L. Wallace’s family came from Ireland. He was born on July
5, 1871, married Julia Mahoney on December 29, 1896, and died on
February 12, 1949.
According to the Wallace family history composed by Sister Mary
Angela Wallace, RSM, one of Charles Wallace’s daughters, Charles and
Julia lived at 1013 Cass Street in Joliet. This was Julia's home
when they first married in 1896. In 1898, they briefly lived on
Illinois Street after their first son was born, but soon moved to the
“Wallace Flats” at 304 Washington. The Rock Island Railroad forced
the sale of that property, so in 1907 Wallace designed and built 709
Campbell Street for his family and 711 Campbell Street for his mother
Mr. Wallace was associated with over 100 structures in Joliet and the
Chicago metropolitan area, including churches, schools and houses.
Historic Joliet buildings designed by Mr. Wallace include St.
Patrick’s Church on Marion Street, the original St. Raymond’s Church
on Douglas Street, St. Mary’s on Broadway Street, St. Joseph’s on
Chicago Street, St. Cyril and Methodius and Sacred Heart School in
Lockport. His work with the architectural firm Hoen, Webster and
Wallace was responsible for Farragut and Washington schools.
In 1910, Mr. Wallace opened a Chicago office in the Tribune
Building. Mr. Wallace designed several churches in the Chicago area,
including St. Margaret of Scotland Church and School (99th and Throop
Street), St. Mel (Washington Boulevard), St. Clotilde (84th and
Calumet Street), St. Dorothy (78th and Vernon Street), St. Viator
(Addison and Kedvale Streets) and St. Anselm. He also designed
Immaculate Conception in Elmhurst, St. Mark in Gary, Indiana and a
Catholic church in Schererville, Indiana.
Mr. Wallace was also frequently used as an architectural consultant
by the Chicago Catholic diocese.
Thousands of people have been touched by this man and most do not
even know his name. People throughout the last century have lived in
homes, attended schools and worshipped in churches he designed never
realizing his central role in creating such magnificent buildings
that are a part of their lifetime memories.
When Mr. Wallace died in 1949, his obituary was fittingly printed on
the front page of the Joliet Herald (February 13, 1949).
(Editor’s note: Many thanks go out to Sharon Skaggs for providing us
with the history on Charles L. Wallace.)
The beautiful Stations of the Cross, all original compositions, were
painted by Sister Mary Stanisia, who resided and taught at the
Academy of Our Lady. See Stations of the Cross for more information
about the Stations and the artist.
The breathtaking stained glass windows, medallion in type and mosaic
in structure, were designed by Arthur Kroiden of the Willet studio in
Chicago. For more information, see Stained Glass Windows.
The magnificent marble altars were imported from Italy by Daprato
Statuary Company and made from Mr. Wallace's original drawings. The
decorating, Venetian in motif and simple in design, is the work of
Mr. J. Murray (The New World, December 21, 1928). The marble statues
of Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were installed in the main
altar in 1960. The Daprato Statuary Company also created and
installed these four statues.
The shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague, found next to the Blessed
Virgin Mary side altar, was blessed and dedicated on April 13, 1959.
To see how the church has evolved over the years, see
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