Designing for a Pope

School of Architecture | September 28, 2015 


This summer, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that James Lenahan, a recent graduate from the Notre Dame School of Architecture, had won its Papal Sanctuary Design Contest. Lenahan’s winning design would become the inspiration for the sanctuary area and furniture for the upcoming Papal Mass, concluding the Eighth World Meeting of Families on September 27, 2015. Lenahan isn’t the first graduate of the program to design for a pope, John Jay Fox III ‘73 designed the papal platform when Pope John Paul II visited Chicago thirty-six years ago.

In 1979, officials from the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago reached out to Fox and Fox Architects, one of the city’s oldest architectural firms, for help designing the stage. The firm, well-known in Chicago for designing Catholic schools and churches, seemed like a natural fit for such an important project.

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 by Daily Domer Staff

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