Image: John Crouch
As you can see from this peeling panel, St. Boniface has been neglected for some time. The church was first closed in 1990. Then, in 1999, protestors managed to stop a planned demolition of the building, which has much historical significance for the population. The original site once served as a refuge for people displaced by the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and over the years, the church has been intertwined with the lives of the different immigrant populations of the area.