Saint Thomas Aquinas Chapel Renovation


Client: University of St. Thomas

Location: Saint Paul, MN, United States

Completion date: 2008

Project Team


Alexander Tylevich

Tylevich Studio

Industry Resource

Hadi Sajadi

Hadi and Structures

Industry Resource

Casting Creations

Liturgical Consultant

James Notebaart


The Saint Thomas Aquinas Chapel Renovation is an example of one of my very collaborative projects, introducing contemporary art into historic architecture.


Saint Thomas Aquinas Chapel was designed in 1917 by Emmanuel Masqueray, a French Beaux Arts architect. Over the years, the chapel saw a number of additions that replaced the original terminus and introduced foreign materials. Two challenges we had to address during the renovation processes included: making all furnishings moveable for concert performances, and introducing a crucifix that helped create a focus for liturgical events. The cross is surrounded by a crown of thorns and a wreath of curved dichroic glass. The moveable bronze gates become the theological terminus to the space.

Additional Information

This project won a IFRAA/AIA Design Award.