Performance Driven, Poetically Crafted Architecture

St. Mary's Motherhouse

Religious Community

Dominican Sisters Motherhouse

The new motherhouse was undertaken to improve the daily lives of an aging population. This home for a 380-member congregation of Sisters is located on a heavily wooded 30-acre rolling site. The building block for the design is the individual resident room, which was developed with congregation-wide participation.

The new motherhouse accommodates aging in place for a predominantly senior population.

AIA Institute Honor Award

AIA Chicago Interior Architecture Award

Liturgical/Interior Design Award

Resident rooms are clustered around community living and dining rooms modeled on single-family home design that allow Sisters to form smaller, personal communities within the congregational community. The chapel’s organic architecture reflects both its primacy in the community’s daily life and a value system rooted in deep respect for ‘the web of life.’