Lake Elmo, Minnesota
Breaking ground in August 2022, a new Romanesque cruciform chapel is inspired by the early Christian basilicas of Italy, especially Sant’Apollinare in Classe in Ravenna. Striped brick banding and limestone on the chapel exterior is consistent with the existing materials of the hermitage.
The interior is a small basilica that has stone columns running the length of the nave and a wooden coffered ceiling. The public nave and aisle seating will be separated from the monk’s choir and elevated sanctuary by a stone column screen. Iconography and mosaics throughout the chapel are to be completed by the Carmelite hermits. Behind the raised sanctuary with marble altar, a wooden crucifix stands atop a marble pedestal. The sanctuary apse dome depicts an image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel surrounded by Carmelite saints.