SAINT MARY’S CHAPEL
Renovation
St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocesan Seminary Chapel
Saint Paul, Minnesota

In the late 1980’s, a complete interior renovation and reorientation of Saint Mary’s Chapel at the Saint Paul Seminary was undertaken. Entry was reconfigured through what was once the apse; the sanctuary was relocated to what was formerly the balcony end of the chapel.

The choir stalls were eliminated and replaced by movable benches, and a new altar platform was built. Underneath, a beautifully detailed granite floor was installed. A new HVAC system was installed in the crawl space below the floor.

Above, the dark ceiling was repainted in a light red hue and was stenciled with a geometric pattern. The wood ceiling beams were sandblasted to reveal their natural beauty and new lighting was designed throughout.

In the year 2000, a new organ was installed. The organ pipes serve as a backdrop for the altar and sanctuary.