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303 Barry Street, Chicago IL.

This project involved the total restoration of an existing private chapel for the Society of Helpers, an independent order of nuns based in France with establishments  worldwide. The original chapel was an infill construction, located between the Georgian mansion that served as residence, and the coach house/garage that has since become administrative offices for Aids Care. The chapel, built in 1950 by Barry and Kay Architects,  had aged well, but the same could not be said of the ancillary spaces. The goal of this project was to restore the sacred spaces and completely renovate the support spaces so that all users of the facilities (the retired sisters, Aids Care residents, and the visiting chaplain) were sufficiently housed and comforted. This involved restoration and repair of the stained glass windows; stone reconstruction and cleaning; conversion of the existing confessionals to accessible bathrooms; renovation of the sacristy kitchen; and the complete interior demolition and reconstruction of the chaplainís quarters and guest facilities. Some special elements were included, among them a memorial wall for the deceased sisters and Aids victims who had been in residence, and custom designed grilles for the windows lining the remote connecting corridors.

 

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