Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Our Lady of Mercy Chapel

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Institution Name: Mount Aloysius College
Original/Historic Place Name: Our Lady of Mercy Chapel
Location on Campus: 7373 Admiral Peary Hwy.
Date(s) of Construction:
1922original construction Comes, Perry & McMullen
Designer: Comes, Perry & McMullen
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Romanesque revival, Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, history, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: stone and mortar
Walls: 1st floor: stone and mortar; remaining floors: brick and mortar
Roof: terracotta tile
1922-present (2006)chapel

Built in 1923 and rich in architectural style and detail, this three-story brick building rises gradually from a stone foundation and is adorned with multicolored terra cotta trim and roof and tow loggias and crowned with a towering campanile. The Chapel building was designed in Lombardy-Romanesque style complementary to the existing Main Building to which it is adjoined. The worship area on the top floor is a traditional choir chapel richly adorned with carved oak, Sienna marble, and onyx appointments. Windows of stained glass depict scenes from the Old and New Testaments and Saints. Lower floors are used as offices and meeting and instructional areas. The building needs minor renovations but is structurally sound and in good overall condition.


Derck and Edson Associates. Campus Master Plan. [Lititz, PA: Derck and Edson Associates], September 2000.


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