SBM.11c01a View of the Interior of Sacred Heart Chapel facing the sanctuary
SACRED HEART CHAPEL INTERIOR - SAINT BENEDICT'S MONASTERY, ST. JOSEPH, MN 1914-1937
"On entering the chapel, the first object to captivate the eye is the high altar, because of its singular artistic design of which there is no duplicate in existence." (CHRONICLES, p. 143)
The sanctuary floor (faced with Pavanazzo marble) was four feet above the floor of the chapel. The columns were polished Rockville granite furnished by Henry Alexander. The beauty of this granite is perhaps not equaled by any other granite in the United States and is described as peach-blossom in color. There were 24 columns and pilasters in the chapel and sanctuary. The pillars rest on bases of polished Kasota (Minnesota marble) with sub-bases of Alps Green marble. The terrazzo aisles were inlaid with Tennessee, Kasota, and Pavanazzo marble in various and pleasing designs. Whatever looked like stone was stone.
While the natural daylight had originally illumined the chapel, a complex lighting system was later needed, day and night, after the stained-glass windows were installed. The Wahle Philipps Company of New York designed the chandeliers and light fixtures to provide upward and downward lighting. Note the multiple lights along the arch -- this was true for all four arches under the dome."(CHRONICLES, pp. 145-146) ________ Photos and information on the interior of the chapel (SBM.11b04-SBM.11b13) are taken from Sister Priscilla Schmidtbauer's scrapbook on Sacred Heart Chapel.
Vivarium; Saint Benedict's Monastery - St. Joseph, MN