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Preservation Chicago is mounting a last ditch effort to persuade the Archdiocese of Chicago not to raze St. James Catholic Church in Bronzeville. And the city is doing what it can to buy some time, having just placed a 90-day stay on demolition. According to the Tribune, the city pressed the Archdiocese to "do something about the church", which has been cited for building violations. Unfortunately, that "something" may cost somewhere around $12M were the congregation to resume use of the 1880 structure. Much more favorable to the Archdiocese: build a new church for $4M. Gee, sounds like another uphill battle for preservationists. [Trib]