Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Mother Adelaide Hall

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Institution Name: Lourdes College
Original/Historic Place Name: Mother Adelaide Hall
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction:
1963-1965original construction Schauder, Thomas
Designer: Thomas Schauder
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Mission/Mission revival (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, education, history, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: sandstone, light brick
Roof: terracotta tile
ca. 1963other (reception area)
ca. 1963observatory (planetarium)
ca. 1963library (college research library)
ca. 1963classrooms
ca. 2004-present (2006)student union (including bookstore)
ca. 2004-present (2006)museum (art gallery)

Mother Adelaide Hall is the last building designed by the school's founder, who died in 1964 while it was under construction. The building's exterior stays true to California Mission-Style architecture, with its terracotta tile roof, bell tower, and imbedded ceramics. Ceramic tiles depicting the Lourdes Hymn and the coat of arms of Lourdes, France grace the south entrance. The south wall boasts a 10 foot-high chunk glass window portraying the Lourdes College seal.

The inside of the building contains numerous mosaics, roundels, and paintings including original watercolors by Mother Adelaide.


Klewicki, Mary Dunstan. Ventures For The Lord: The History of the Sylvania Franciscans. Sylvania, OH: Sisters of St. Francis, 1990.

Lesiak, Michaeline. Art Catalogue: Narrative in the Duns Scotus Library. Sylvania, OH: Sisters of St. Francis, 1986.

Warpeha, M. Justinian. Of Evergreens Rooted In Yellow Sand, a Profile of Venerable Mother M. Adelaide, Foundress of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio. Sylvania, OH: Sisters of St. Francis, 1967.


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