Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Our Lady of Grace Chapel

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Institution Name: Briar Cliff University
Original/Historic Place Name: Our Lady of Grace Chapel
Location on Campus: SE on campus proper, Rebecca St.
Date(s) of Construction:
1959original construction Byrne, Barry
Designer: Barry Byrne
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick
Roof: flat
1959-present (2006)chapel

The Our Lady of Grace chapel was designed by Barry Byrne and completed in 1959. In 1902, Byrne started his architectural studies at the Frank Lloyd Wright studio in Chicago. A large part of Byrne's practice was in church architecture, and he was the first American to design a Catholic church outside of the United States. Byrne is associated with the American Prairie School of architecture.

The Style and design of the chapel is very compatible with the other buildings on campus. Adjacent to the chapel is a small courtyard dedicated to St.Francis which contains a statue of Francis and Anthony. The chapel originally had a tower which had to be removed because of structural damage.


Architectural and landscape master plan collection. Archives, Bishop Mueller Library, Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, IA.


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