Arnold J. Damen, S.J., Statue
1125 W. Loyola Ave.
Chiseled from a 10,000-pound piece of stone, this statue honors Father Damen, who founded St. Ignatius College, the predecessor of Loyola University Chicago. The college opened in 1870 on the city’s West Side and narrowly escaped the Great Fire of 1871, which started just blocks away. As the University’s first president, Damen oversaw a faculty of four priests and a student body of 37 young men.
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