GrottoOriginal Grotto Current State Grotto is a replica of the Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes located in Massabielle, France. The Grotto is dedicated to the Italian boys who served in WWII. The rock formations are semi visible today, but are mostly covered with overgrown grass and shrubs.
Setting Location, Location, Location!The church is in a prime location in Duluth. It is set upon a hill top which provides a view of the lake from the back of the church. This view adds to the experience of the site.
Reuse Design Family Style Italian Restaurant and Community Center Allows the public to witness and experience the exquisite stain glass andpaintings on the interior of the church while educating the community about its Italian heritage.
Site Design Grotto Restoration: Asacred site that referencesbuildings previous functionas a church. Ceremony Space: A spacethe utilizes the setting andprovides a location forweddings or prayer services.
Interior Characteristics Maintain Historical Characteristics on the Interior Keep the stain glass, paintings, and lighting because it makes the building unique. Use the pews for family style seating within the restaurant.
New Interior LayoutEmbrace the Italian heritage of the structure by putting historic pictures of the Italian immigrants on the walls.
Conclusion• Historical Context• Defining Characteristics• Reuse Plan – Italian Restaurant and Community CenterNext Steps…?