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Dome of Villa Maria HallThe Crown Jewel

The crown jewel of Immaculata’s campus is the dome of Villa Maria Hall and its statue of Mary. High on a hill overlooking Chester County for more than 100 years, the dome serves as a cherished landmark for the neighbors of Immaculata and the University community.

Villa Maria Hall is eligible for the National Historic Registry, and care of the dome is critical to ensure the longevity of this iconic structure.

The dome blends architectural elements from both the Italian Renaissance and the Second Industrial Revolution. The dome’s eight-sided, 80-foot structure was designed based on Brunelleschi’s dome in Florence. Instead of using extensive masonry support, engineers of the Second Industrial Revolution period shifted to using structural steel.

Within the exterior dome is another work of art, a smaller dome of stained glass windows. As the statue of Mary on top of the dome looks out upon the University, the stained glass Holy Spirit looks down into the rotunda of Villa Maria Hall.

The dome restoration project includes three components:

  •  Masonry and stonework
  •  Replacement of eight windows
  •  Recoating the dome’s exterior

The masonry work will protect the structural integrity. New windows will effectively seal the structure, providing greater energy efficiency. A coating of the copper exterior of the dome will aid in protecting the dome against the elements.
 

Your gifts will help preserve the pinnacle of Immaculata’s campus, keeping it “a beacon ever bright” for generations to come.

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1145 King Road, Immaculata, PA. 19345 p. 610-647-4400 or call toll-free: 1-877-42 TODAY
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Immaculata University | Copyright © All Rights Reserved