Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Book Store--Mother Adelaide Hall

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Institution Name: Lourdes College
Original/Historic Place Name: College Research Library - Mother Adelaide Hall
Location on Campus: 6832 Convent Blvd.
Date(s) of Construction:
1963-1965original construction Schauder, Thomas Henry J. Spicker Co.
Designer: Thomas Schauder; Henry J. Spicker Co.
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 exterior; most of two walls are stained glass windows
Roof: terra cotta tiles
ca. 1965library (college research library; computer room)
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (bookstore and art gallery)

The original college research library was four different levels: the staff office, main floor, lower level, and upper gallery. Two exterior walls of the current structure contain over eighty-five stained glass representations of members of the Franciscan family who made notable contributions in such areas as religion, education, science, and world affairs. John Kennedy and Pope Paul VI, though not Franciscan, were included because their works marked them as possessing a Franciscan spirit.

Four notable windows designed, lettered, and illuminated by Sister Michaeline Lesiak highlight quotations from scripture, the works of Shakespeare, John Kennedy, and 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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