Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Annunciation Lobby

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Institution Name: Lourdes College
Original/Historic Place Name: Annunciation Lobby
Location on Campus: 6832 Convent Blvd.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1949-1951original construction Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: concrete pilings
Walls: sandstone (exterior and southern portico); textured plaster (interior)
Roof: none specified
1951-present (2007)other (lobby; reception area)

Significance: architecture, culture, education, history, religion
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Annunciation Lobby, so named because of numerous artistic renditions of Gabriel's visit to Mary, is the setting for a nearly nine-foot tall Italian glass mosaic. A wrought-iron grill divider believed to have originated in 16th century Spain enhances the old-world flavor of the two-story lobby, with its tiled stairway leading to the second floor library Scriptorium. The walls are decorated with prints of Michaelangelo's Sybils and Prophets, an authentic copy of the Madonna of Monte Cassino, and stained glass windows designed by Sister Michaeline Lesiak.

I. Bibliographic sources:

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.

II. Location of other data:
University: Library, Special Collections
Other: Archives of the Sisters of St. Francis

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