Ecclesiastical Projects Archive
Clear Creak Monastery
The Monastery of Our Lady of The Annunciation at Clear Creek is being built in Cherokee County, Oklahoma to the east of Tulsa. Benedictine monks from the Abbey of Notre Dame de Fontgombault in France are establishing a new foundation to extend the rigor and spirituality of a remarkable seat of monasticism.
The site is in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. The monastery consists of a church and a cloistered residence. The architecture is reminiscent of Cistercian monastic structures. A porter’s lodge responds to the Benedictine tradition of providing hospitality in enclosed communities such as this. The complex corresponds with the traditional pattern of organizing function and orientation.
Cedar Grove Mausolea
The mausolea for Cedar Grove Cemetery are designed to convey the spirit of the University of Notre Dame with structures that are at once recognizable as part of the campus fabric and appropriately decorous for the reserved cemetery setting. The design is inspired by the tradition of American collegiate-gothic prevalent on campus, expressed in granite, limestone, brick, and slate.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary
The Seminary of Our Lady of Guadalupe is located near Lincoln, Nebraska. The building was designed for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, a recently established con-fraternity dedicated to teaching future Catholic priests the form and discipline of the old Latin Rite Mass. The complex is situated on the spur of a hill with wings nestled into adjacent ravines. The siting responds to varied soil conditions. The prominent site for the future church, for example, is being conditioned with a pool of water to alleviate dry soil conditions.
Visually, the goal is to create a building complex that appears to have always existed in this location. The prominent site is visible from a great distance to the west so the Church will be a readily identifiable beacon for the complex. The first phase of the project was dedicated December 2000.
A seminary functions as a microcosmic city for a religious community. The educational functions must be supported physically and the spiritual objectives conveyed symbolically. The entrance to the administrative and classroom wing is defined by a Romanesque type of portal within a gabled “frontispiece.” The corner of this structure is developed into a tower-like block that contains a library below the main floor Aula Magna. This and other building components, such as a dormitory wing, are differentiated by differences in form, color and articulation. A cloister binds the three functional wings together and provides refuge for contemplation.
Saint Joseph Catholic church
A new church and parish center for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church is located on a plateau above a hilly slope in Dalton, Georgia. The flat plane accommodates these buildings and areas planned for future expansion of a school. Parking is accommodated on three tiers that step down the hillside. These are separated by a wide, green hillside that establishes an open axis from the plaza to a lake.
The façade of the church is modelled on Roman churches of the counter-reformation period. Brick piers and arches support a portico that opens from the plaza. Above, the façade is articulated by three arched windows that give light to choir rehersal rooms and educational offices. Located above the narthex at grade level, this arrangement derives from the church of San Gregorio Magno in Rome. References to Roman architecture occur in smaller details too; the selection of brick colors, and the inclusion of inscriptions cut in Indiana limestone respond to Roman heritage.
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