Chapel design wins international award for religious architecture

Faith & Form magazine and The Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture have announced that Our Lady of Mercy Chapel has received a 2014 international award in the category of Religious Architecture: New Facilities.

Winning entries will be published in the winter 2014 issue of Faith & Form magazine, and an exhibition of the award-winning projects will be displayed at the 2015 national convention of the American Institute of Architects in Atlanta in June 2015.

Consecrated in 2010, Our Lady of Mercy Chapel was designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects. The chapel’s stone and shingle exterior complements the historic architecture of the University’s Ochre Point neighborhood. Features include a set of 13 leaded opalescent glass windows created by renowned artist John La Farge and a bell tower housing three 1910 bells cast by the Meneely Bell Company.

The annual Religious Art and Architecture Design Awards program was founded in 1978 with the goal of honoring the best in architecture, liturgical design and art for religious spaces. The program offers five primary categories for awards: Religious Architecture, Liturgical/Interior Design, Sacred Landscape, Religious Arts and Unbuilt Work.

Last May, Salve Regina received the 2014 Arthur Ross Award for Stewardship, joining an exclusive list of past honorees that include Monticello/Thomas Jefferson Foundation in Charlottesville, Va., The New York Botanical Garden in The Bronx, N.Y., and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts in Washington, D.C.

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