Holy Name Cathedral to Reopen in August

134-year-old church damaged in Feb. 4 fire

Historic Holy Name Cathedral, which was badly damaged by fire in February, is slated to reopen Aug. 1, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced Friday.

The 134-year-old church at 735 N. State St.,was damaged when a fire engulfed its roof on Feb. 4, possibly due to an electrical glitch in a gutter de-icing system, fire officials said.

While masses continue to be held in Holy Name’s Parish Center Auditorium, the main cathedral, which had been under renovation, suffered water damage and other problems from the fire.

Rev. Dan Mayall, Holy Name pastor, said in a release the church will reopen Aug. 1, “barring any unforeseen difficulties with reconstruction.”

A restoration fund was created to raise money for the repairs, estimated to cost about $11 million.

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