(CBS) — Faced with extinction in the 1980s, St. John Cantius Roman Catholic Church, has made a remarkable comeback.

This week, the 118 year-old baroque beauty in the Goose Island neighborhood at 825 N Carpenter St, was named “The Most Beautiful Church in America” in a national online contest.

In the late 1980s, the church had only 40 members and one Mass on Sunday.

The church was in pretty bad shape, but has since been restored.

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We have made it to the 'Ecclesiastical 8' in Church Madness 2016 on the blog @artandliturgy Your votes at artandliturgy.com can help St. John Cantius make it to the 'Ferial 4'. In this round our competition is strong – @cathedralstlmo. Sure, they are a Cathedral Basilica with some of the finest mosaics in the largest mosaic collection in the world. What we here at St. John Cantius have is heart. This building was built by Polish immigrants who made up for what they lacked in skill, they made up for with love. Our parish was scheduled to be closed in the 1990s,and look at us now – up against one of the most beautiful churches in the country. As a parish located in the north side of Chicago there is an extra layer to this competition. St. Louis has won plenty with the Cardinals… Cubs fans need this win. #churchmadness2016 #vote #pleaseparticipate #pleasevote #beauty #beautiful #church #beautifulchurch #CatholicChurch #Catholic #art #liturgy #architecture #ChiArchitecture #Chicagochurch #Chicago #WestTown #RiverWest #Cantius #StJohnCantius

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So has the membership, which now has about 1,500 registered families.

“Beauty is universal and is appreciated by everybody,” said Father Joshua Caswell.