Remodel and Addition

St. Regis Chapel

Project Challenge

Transforming a modern design into a traditional chapel without modifying the building structure or slowing the construction schedule.

Ehresman Architects was contracted to perform the construction contract administration for the Chapel Addition at St. Regis Parish. Once the project was underway, the Parish expressed their frustration with and dislike for the original interior design selections and features. The building was designed as a modern structure with modern finishes. The Parish wanted a traditional historic space to complement the 15th century French reredos and large stained glass windows that would be the focal point of the chapel. The windows were saved from a closed Detroit Parish, St. John Cantius. Additional custom-made features include the altar, ambo, and a stained glass rose window.

The altar and ambo were made to complement the reredos in material, finish, and style. The rose window was designed from several ideas provided by the Priest, with the design committee selecting the individual glass pieces at the artist’s shop. The artist then assembled the work. By changing the selections for the light fixtures, pews, flooring material and pattern, wood beam stain, and paint color, the parish goal was achieved.

Client: St. Regis Catholic Church

Project: St. Regis Chapel

Location: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Cost: $754,700

Square Footage: 2,000 SF Addition

Architect: Ehresman Architects

Construction Manager: Frank Rewold & Sons, Inc.