Traverse City, Michigan
The Prioress of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns at the Monastery of the Infant Jesus of Prague commissioned Duncan G. Stroik Architect to re-build the cloister and garden at the heart of her monastery. New brick and limestone piers and arches form a covered walkway for the nuns to circulate around a new bi-symmetrical cloister garth. In the interest of poverty within the enclosure, the carved keystones have a simple profile and the details of the limestone imposts and bases are Tuscan in character. An Ionic cornice added to the existing monastery walls crowns the new cloister.
At the center pedestal of the cloister stands a carved Bianco - Carrara marble crucifix which is visible from the cells at the second floor. The cloister is currently under construction and will be blessed by the bishop upon completion in September.