Loyola University Chicago

Campus Ministry

MDS Renovation

Architecture, Organ and Renovation

Designed in the Art Deco Style, Madonna della Strada Chapel opened its doors to the Loyola University Chicago Community in 1938. It is the University's main chapel. Renovation of Madonna della Strada began in July of 2006 and concluded in August of 2007.

Renovation Overview

  • New air conditioning and heating systems have already been installed in the chapel.
  • This renovation enhanced the original artwork throughout the chapel by adding gold leafing, plaster borders.
  • Additional icons were written on the walls in the apse, ambulatory and gallery railing.
  • The floor was completely replaced with an inlaid marble floor designed in the art deco style. 
  • Plaster moldings and capitals were be added to the supporting beams.
  • The sanctuary area was enlarged and completely new liturgical furnishings were designed.
  • A new immersion baptismal font was installed at the main entrance of the chapel.
  • Entirely new liturgical furnishings were designed for use throughout the chapel and in support of the liturgy.
  • New custom designed flexible assembly seating was installed.
  • Entirely new lighting and sound systems were installed.

New Organ    

A new pipe organ was built and installed in the rear gallery. The Katheryn "Kay" Stamm Memorial Organ is comprised of 70 ranks distributed over three manuals and pedal and played via a terraced console located in the rear gallery. Find more information on pipe organs and information on the new Madonna della Strada Organ at the organ builder's website Goulding and Wood.

Click here to view more information on the organ and the monthly concert series.


The new baptismal font




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