The St. Joan of Arc Chapel preservation project received an Honor Award for religious architecture/restoration as part of Partners for Sacred Places’ 2022 Faith & Form International Awards for Religious Architecture & Art.
St. Joan of Arc Chapel, which dates back to 15th-century France, reopened in November 2021 after the completion of a $3 million restoration to preserve the revered chapel for future generations. The project was guided by the university’s Campus Master Plan and made possible through generous gifts from alumni and friends, including a $1 million gift from the Slaggie Family Foundation. Restoration and improvement efforts included a new roof, interior repairs, better security and temperature control, and redesigned landscaping to beautify the gardens around the chapel.
Originally built in France, the chapel was reconstructed on campus more than 50 years ago. Fittingly placed at the heart of campus, the St. Joan of Arc Chapel hosts regular masses along with classes, exhibitions and art galleries.
Partners for Sacred Places selected 12 winners from a pool of entries originating from five countries. The awards program was founded in 1978 with the goal of honoring the best in architecture, liturgical design and art for religious spaces. The 2022 awards recognized excellence in the creation and restoration of religious spaces and religious art, and achievement in the use of religious spaces for civic engagement.