Old St. Patrick’s Church

This classically designed building is a landmark in the predominately Irish-American neighborhood it rests comfortably among. It is unique because of the  two octagonal spires, said to represent the Eastern Church and the Western Church that were added in 1885.

The center of worship for a devoted Irish-Catholic assembly dedicated to the church (4)
The home of a young and passionate man of God who honestly wants to help the people (4)
A focus of the community and rallying point for the people (2)

Since its founding by Irish immigrants on Easter morning in 1846, Old St. Patrick’s has been interwoven in the life and history of the City of Chicago. Founded in 1846 as the first English-speaking parish in the city, the current church building was designed in a Romanesque style by two of Chicago’s earliest practicing architects Augustus Bauer and Asher Carter. The cornerstone was laid on May 23, 1853, and the building was dedicated on Christmas Day, 1856.

Old St. Patrick’s is one of the few buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. As the fire approached the church, it is said the flames split, like Moses splitting the Red Sea, and went to the east and west of the building. The fact the church was spared is said to be due to the reverend praying to God for it to be saved… whether that is true or not, cannot be proven.

Father Locke, the current leader of the congregation, is a young but dedicated member of the clergy. He is often seen as a bit of a rebel as he often takes up causes (usually someone of questionable professions or groups) and attempts to help them ‘follow the true path’. On warm summer days he will often be found out  behind the church in a small garden chatting with one of his charges.



Bryan actually found this image of the real church in Chicago. Given that I like the idea of melding the factual with the ‘facts’ of this setting, I liked using the real image.

After Bryan finished up his character, Dirk Chandler I realized I should probably expand on some of the NPCs he suggested in his write up. Being that there is a strong connection between the Church and Blackwood, his clergyman seemed like a logical one to be expanded upon. I see myself using good old Father Locke for many an adventure. Given the adventure I have planned out (in my head at the moment), I see the Father as a sounding board for the troubling things that Dirk will confront on his investigation, a solid and rooted in the real world opposite to the things he will encounter.


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