The Saint Catherine of Siena Chapel carefully balances historic preservation with new construction and delivers an accurate recreation of the former St. Catherine of Siena’s Church. The holy space in the lower level of St. Mary’s Church reflects the Romanesque architectural style, character, and feel of St. Catherine’s.
The chapel can seat approximately 100 visitors. Reclaimed, quarter-sawn oak woodwork, alters, doors, glazing, pews, wainscoting, and other architectural details and ecclesiastical furnishings are part of the design. An impressive feature will be the installation of reclaimed early 19th century German, romantic style stained glass windows with realistic treatments of figures and background decorative elements. These inspiring works of art wrap the walls with images of The Blessed Mother, St. Catherine of Siena, and The Good Shepherd. Cast stone niches in both side walls display figures of the Holy Family. Clear viewing windows with stain glass borders are located on the back wall so that visitors and nursery school students can gaze into the space. The elaborate coffered ceiling, includes 14 dramatic arches, hundreds of rosettes, carved wall brackets, dome, and Corinthian capitals–also painted with original murals and specialty paint treatments that recreate religious icons and stencils. A dozen different types of theatrical lighting dramatically illuminate the sanctuary.