Entry view of skilled care residence showing chapel exterior in foreground. Photography: ©Bruce Van Inwegen

Holy Family Village

Lemont, Illinois

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Area: 27,000 square feet – Holy Family Village
55,000 square feet – Skilled Care Nursing Residence

Award: Excellence in Masonry, Silver Medal

Site & Program: These buildings are part of Holy Family Village, a Catholic Charities development that also includes Nagle Hartray-designed Poor Clare Monastery. The 99-bed skilled care facility provides skilled nursing, intensive rehabilitative therapies, Alzheimer’s care, and community outreach programs. The Bishop Timothy J. Lyne Residence provides 18 assisted living units for retired priests. These buildings are adjacent to each other on the southeast corner of the site, oriented to create a series of landscaped courtyards with a prairie landscape on the perimeter.

Design: Both facilities include worship space as a key component of the design.

The plan of the Skilled Care Nursing Residence is anchored by the 200-seat chapel, which is a focus of daily life for residents as well as for visitors. Colored glass block at the apse, a marble altar, hand painted Stations of the Cross, and traditional stained glass pieces are design elements. The Holy Family Village chapel is a small, double-height space intended to blend seamlessly into the building design. With seating for only 18 men, this chapel is meant to be a very private place for the quiet meditation and group worship special to communal living. Natural materials, such as oak seating, oak trim, oak entry screen, tile flooring, and colored glass block above the marble altar, create a warm, comfortable environment.

The relaxed character of the masonry buildings reflect their rural setting. The architecture recalls traditional housing models and sets a standard for other development at Holy Family Village.

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