The Immaculate Conception Chapel at the University of Dayton, a centerpiece of the campus that was built in 1869, will undergo a $12 million renovation that will keep its iconic cupola and look, but add more function and warmth.
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Chapel renovations plans include to:
Add a “modest” addition to the south side with restrooms, a reconciliation room, support space and a bride’s room
Install pews and kneelers and retain existing seating capacity
Create a vestibule for a gathering space with a glass wall just inside the front doors
- Refit the 18-foot wooden entry doors to become the main entrance
- Add a baptismal font near the entrance and place a small reservation chapel for Eucharistic adoration near the alter
Replace the stained glass windows along the walls of the nave to complement the more traditional-style windows of the saints behind the alter
- Place the altarpiece with Mary to allow better sight lines of the circular window on the east wall
- Make the chapel handicap accessible
- Upgrade the lighting, HVAC, sound and other mechanical system
Re-use existing elements and add wood finish and warm colors to “evoke the early beauty of the chapel”
Source: University of Dayton
Watch: The Rev. James Fitz talks about what renovations are in store for the historic Immaculate Conception Chapel at the University of Dayton online at MyDaytonDailyNews.com.