This church in the Neo-Gothic style was built between 1907-1909. The steel for the church was donated by a local steel company since the majority of the parishioners worked at their mills. The exquisite stain glass is reportedly the most beautiful glass that can be found in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The windows are Munich-style stained glass, made by F. X. Zettler. The sanctuary is gorgeous, with beautiful dark oak and marvel throughout. I decided to look up and find more on the architect who designed St. Michael the Archangel and was surprised to learn it was William J. Brinkmann. He was one of the architects that designed Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica in Garfield Park. I later learned that Brinkmann started his career at Burnham & Root. He also designed exhibits for the World’s Columbian Exposition. And on the darker side of history, Mr. Brinkmann was found decapitated on the 73rd Street railroad tracks in February 1911. His death is still a mystery, and reports said he had been ill and committed suicide.
References and Further Reading
- Saint Michael The Archangel (official site)
- Inland Steel
- Zettler (F. X.) Studios (Michigan Stained Glass Census)