Marquette University: St. Joan of Arc Chapel

TKWA was hired by Marquette University to lead a consultant team of historic restoration specialists in preparing a Historic Structure Report (HSR) for the Chapel. Originally known as Chapelle de St. Martin de Seyssuel, the St. Joan of Arc Chapel was constructed around 1420 in the community of Chasse-sur-Rhône in southeastern France. The church served the village parish for over 400 years until it fell into a state of disrepair. In the late 1920’s the chapel ruins were reconstructed on a Long Island, NY estate and in 1965 the historic chapel was reconstructed – this time on the Marquette University campus.


Milwaukee, WI


1,150 SF


Worship space with nave and altar, Sacristy, Landscape Terraces + Gratitude Garden

Following the Historic Structure Report, TKWA led the design team for the restoration of the chapel and site.  This unique restoration project also required special care to introduce discrete lighting improvements as well as an entirely new mechanical system, all while preserving the character that has developed over time.  Accessibility improvements were sensitively integrated into the site design to provide access to the chapel and all levels of the landscape terraces. Today, this historically significant chapel continues to serve as the physical and spiritual heart of the university campus.

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