St. Rene Goupil Catholic Church is an American Institute of Architects award-winning facility for a long established parish located in an urban residential neighborhood on the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois. The urban context and the traditional liturgical orientation of the parish provided direction for the planning and image of the facility. Forms and details of the “Romanesque Revival” style inspired this design.
Many of the late 19th century churches in Chicago and Romanesque churches of the 11th and 12th centuries supplied a ready palette of forms and textures. Typical features of Romanesque age and Romanesque Revival churches include arched windows, steep sloped roofs, an asymmetrically placed bell tower and cruciform floor plan.
Varied use of stone patterns and colors on the exterior of these buildings was also common. At St. Rene Goupil Catholic Church, the use of various brick shapes, colors and patterns provided an economical alternative to stone.
The project was elected as one of the three notable new houses of worship in Illinois by M.J.P. Smith and published in Inland Architect (November of 1989 issue) Mr. Gehlhausen served as Project Architect while on staff of a nationally recognized architectural firm specializing in religious facilities.