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Chapel of St Joseph in Des Plaines

July 30, 2020

Chapel of St Joseph

Design: Wheeler Kearns Architects

Location: Des Plaines, Illinois, USA

Chapel of St Joseph at Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines, IL, designed by Chicago-based firm Wheeler Kearns Architects.

Chapel of St Joseph des Plaines Illinois

When transforming a 1937 gymnasium into the Shrine’s first climate-controlled and sheltered space, the design team reused over 75% of the structure. It exposed the original timber roof deck and painted the original riveted steel trusses.

Chapel of St Joseph des Plaines Illinois

A new glass and steel modern addition to the north, which inflects toward the Shrine, provides a fully accessible entry for visitors. Upon entering, visitors encounter familiar forms, which, like early churches in the New World, are constructed with humble materials of wood, metal, and clay, elevated by prismatic forms bathed in natural light.

Chapel of St Joseph des Plaines Illinois

Side chapels, highlighted with gossamer canopies of wire mesh, warm wood paneling, and grazed with LED lighting, provide places of devotion for visitors of multiple cultures.

Chapel of St Joseph des Plaines Illinois USA

Like traditional pilgrimage churches, the altar is raised above the main floor for visibility, while, unconventionally, a rear wall conceals two ramps that make both surrounding platforms accessible. A new skylight, positioned above the altar, casts natural light on it.

Chapel of St Joseph des Plaines Illinois Chapel of St Joseph des Plaines Illinois

The Chapel resulted from the efforts of a devoted community determined to make the best use of its resources to elevate the spiritual experience of visiting pilgrims. The space hosts over 6,000 worshippers on a weekend and over 300,000 pilgrims during the annual Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration in December.

Chapel of St Joseph des Plaines Illinois

Design: Wheeler Kearns Architects

Chapel of St Joseph des Plaines Illinois

Photos: Tom Harris Photography

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