Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Lourdes Grotto

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Institution Name: Lourdes College
Original/Historic Place Name: Lourdes Grotto
Location on Campus: 6832 Convent Blvd.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1921original construction Unknown
Type of Place: Landscape site
Type of landscape–
Large-scale features:
Built into a hilly wooded area accessed by stone steps and small bridge that crosses Heath Ditch.
Other characteristics:
Materials: field stone, rock ledge stone
1921-present (2007)outdoor space (site for prayer and reflection)

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

The Lourdes Grotto was one of the first projects carried out on campus in 1921. Planned largely by Mother Adelaide, the sisters, novices, and postulants carried stones from the area of the creek that borders the northern part of the property.

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

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