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125-Year-Old Church That Hosted Unlicensed Young Camelot Venue Demolished

By Paul Biasco | May 17, 2016 5:32am | Updated on May 17, 2016 10:15am
 The building that once housed Young Camelot in Humboldt Park was demolished last week to make way for condos.
The building that once housed Young Camelot in Humboldt Park was demolished last week to make way for condos.
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HUMBOLDT PARK — A former Humboldt Park church that was most recently the home to the DIY arts collective Young Camelot has been demolished.

The church, built more than 125 years ago, was sold in March and is slated to become a six-unit condominium building, according to city records.

Young Camelot made news earlier this year after a man's jaw was broken during a violent night at the unlicensed venue, 2733 W. Hirsch St.

The show was supposed to be an after-party for a show held at Metro, but was broken up by police.

The former owner of the building, prominent Humboldt Park landlord Gino Battaglia, said the night that shut Young Camelot down had nothing to do with the sale of the building.

"As soon as we found out we kicked them out," Battaglia said of the former residents who he thought were artists living in the space.

Related: Man's Jaw Broken In 'Pandemonium' That Followed Young Camelot Club Shutdown

Battaglia said he had been planning to sell the building and was awaiting a zoning change from a single family to one that would allow for a six-unit condo building.

"That was all in the works," he said of the sale. "We were going to develop it ourselves, but we decided not to because we are doing another project."

The new owner of the property that is planning condominiums is ProGroup Development, LLC, according to department of building  and county records.

The developer is planning a six-unit building with two three-car garages at an estimated $1.1 million, according to building permits issued in April.

The developer could not be reached for comment.

Young Camelot

After the police bust and fight that eventually led to Young Camelot's shutdown in January, the co-founder of the collective insisted it was never their intent to throw big parties.

"It was a one-in-a-million thing that ended up being really, really bad," said Joey Eichler, who started Young Camelot out of a Logan Square apartment with roommates.

Eichler lived at the church when the incident occurred.

Battaglia said he rented the 4,500-square-foot space to four roommates on a two-year lease.

"I know all the laws to having live performances. I'm not going to jeopardize my building," he said. "If I would have known, I would have kicked them out.”

Young Camelot was profiled by the Reader earlier this year detailing how the group of 14 "knights" of Young Camelot ran their makeshift venue.

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