Title: Portiuncula Chapel

Top Photo:
Capture Date/Time: March 12 2006 12:23
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
Focal Length: 30mm
Aperture/Shutter Speed: F/8 - 1/250 sec
ISO: 100
Flash: None

Middle Photo:
Capture Date/Time: March 12 2006 12:23
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
Focal Length: 17mm
Aperture/Shutter Speed: F/9 - 1/320 sec
ISO: 100
Flash: None

Bottom Photo:
Capture Date/Time: March 12 2006 12:20
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
Focal Length: 17mm
Aperture/Shutter Speed: F/9 - 1/320 sec
ISO: 100
Flash: None

The Portiuncula Chapel (located at the Mayslake Peabody Estate Forest Preserve in Oak Brook) is a replica of the Chapel of St. Francis of Assisi (Assisi, Italy). This chapel did not look as nice as it does now when until the land was recently aquired by the county and restored. There is history as well as a (sub)urban legend behind this:

"In 1919, wealthy coal magnate Francis Stuyvesant Peabody began construction of his 39-room Tudor Revival style house. He named the estate Mayslake as a tribute to his first wife and to his daughter. In 1922, Peabody passed away, and his grieving family did not wish to remain at the estate. They sold the property to the Franciscan Order in 1924. The Franciscans added a retreat house in 1925 and an additional wing in 1951. Also, in 1951, construction began on the St. Paschal's Friary. This 90,000-square-foot building was complete 16 years later and was used to house retired and aging friars. Today, the Portiuncula Chapel stands at Mayslake as a memorial to Francis S. Peabody and his legend."
(taken from http://www.fullersburg.com/mayslake/)

Growing up in Oak Brook, the estate was still owned by the monks (Franciscan Order) and was private property. Many of my childhood friends grew up in subdivision that were right next to the estate. Rumor was that Peabody was buried right next to the chapel so it was a childhood dare to sneak onto the grounds to find his tomb. Some said you would see his ghost and other such nonsense. There were stories that if the monks had caught you on the grounds they would make you kneel on pebbles in the chapel for hours and pray for forgiveness! Of course these were just rumors, however I had friends that did try to sneak onto the grounds and got chased away by the monks. Now that the place is a public forest preserve park, its funny to actually be able to see the chapel as well as the house which is currently being restored.

3 commentsAdd yours

03.21.06/11:15 AM cristinamarie said:

I know about those bricks. Not those specific bricks, but I know what they mean. Families can buy a brick in memory of a loved one. My Grandmother lived in a hospice house towards the end of her illness. When she died, my family purchased a brick for her. It's a memorial of her because she loved to go outside and sit on the porch, when she could- but towards the end she was unable to. I thought I'd share.

03.21.06/01:30 PM sizmara said:

the building is quite beautiful. i wonder what it's like inside.

03.21.06/09:11 PM tamara said:

you dont even need 3d glasses for the bottom one. neat picture composition.