FOR THE PAST 23 YEARS, Michael Franck and Art Lohsen have worked together with a dedicated and talented team of professionals as Franck & Lohsen Architects Inc. creating architecture in the realms of ecclesiastical, residential, university, and urban design.

It has been a source of great joy to have created timeless buildings enjoyed by a wide-range of people — from students to homeowners to worshippers; and fortunate to have wonderful clients who placed their trust and vision in our hands — including the peer recognition of the Arthur Ross Award for our body of work.

This September, Franck & Lohsen Architects, Inc. will transform into two new entities. Michael will assume the helm of residential, hospitality and university commissions with Michael M. Franck Architect LLC. Art will assume the helm of ecclesiastical commissions with Bella Chiesa LLC. and, as always, Michael and Art will continue to work in a collaborative spirit which has been a hallmark of their firm.

We are excited about this next chapter as we continue to create enduring architecture.

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Chapel of the Sacred Heart


This new daily mass chapel was built within what was originally the old sacristy for the Cathedral of St. Joseph.

This smaller, more intimate worship space seats eighty people. The chapel was designed around existing stained glass windows, unified by a series of arches and pilasters.

The architecture, artwork, sculpture, and furnishings are designed as a whole. The careful layering of these elements includes a large triptych painting at the sanctuary, a series of Russian icons filling the arches opposite the stained glass windows, hand-forged light fixtures, a bronze ambo, and a Baldacchino with a bronze crucifixion scene in the frieze.