Franck & Lohsen Architects

St. Cecilia Convent Chapel

Nashville, Tennessee

As one of the fastest-growing religious communities in the country, the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia saw the need to expand their Motherhouse. Prominent within the expansion was a new chapel, serving as the center for their daily prayer and worship. 



The new chapel accommodates up to 400, and seating is arranged antiphonally in keeping with the daily worship of the Sisters. The interior architecture is light, airy, and intentionally feminine with the use of arches supported by thin Ionic columns.



New stained glass windows, a half-domed baldacchino, and elaborate sanctuary furnishings all work to make this new space feel timeless.