Guide to the Astorino Records on the Chapel of the Holy Spirit 1984-2005 (bulk 1993-1997), MSS 1124

Heinz History Center

Summary Information

Repository
Heinz History Center
Title
Astorino Records on the Chapel of the Holy Spirit
Collection Number
MSS 1124
Date [inclusive]
1984-2005 (bulk 1993-1997)
Extent
21 linear ft. and 516 MB (13 boxes, 17 shelf items, 86 digital folders)
The material in this collection is in English and Italian.
Abstract
The Astorino Records on the Chapel of the Holy Spirit document the architectural firm Astorino and its involvement with two projects commissioned by the Vatican between 1992 and 1997. The first project, construction of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, began in 1992 and was largely funded by Pittsburgh businessman, John Connelly, who recommended Louis Astorino and his firm assist with building redesigns in 1993. While Astorino's suggestions were not incorporated into the Domus Sanctae Marthae construction, the Vatican asked him to design a chapel adjacent to the hotel. The collection contains business records; research; designs, drawings, and drafts; and oversized plans that span the duration of the projects' construction, from planning stages to post-completion marketing initiatives.

Preferred Citation

Astorino Records on the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, 1984-2005, MSS 1124, Thomas and Katherine Detre Library and Archives, Senator John Heinz History Center

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History

Astorino (originally: L. D. Astorino and Associates) was a Pittsburgh-based architectural firm founded in 1973 by Louis D. Astorino (b.1948). The firm was responsible for numerous structures throughout the Pittsburgh area, including: Children's Hospital in Lawrenceville, PNC Park, Penguins Arena, and 3 PNC Plaza. Notably, Louis D. Astorino and his firm are the only American architects to create a building within Vatican City; the Chapel of the Holy Spirit project was completed in 1997. In late 2014, Astorino merged with New York's CannonDesign.

In 1993, Pittsburgh architect Louis D. Astorino was invited by the businessman and founder of the Gateway Clipper Fleet, John E. Connelly (1926-2009), to contribute design suggestions for a hotel in Vatican City, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, which is also refered to as Casa Santa Marta, in Italian. Connelly was a primary backer of both both the Domus Sanctae Marthae and Chapel of the Holy Spirit projects. Decreed by Pope John Paul II, the new residence/hotel would be used to sequester Cardinals during a papal conclave (traditionally, the offices and hallways in the Apostolic Palace had been converted into makeshift rooms, divided by hanging sheets). When not being used for a papal conclave, the hotel would be used to house visiting clergy. At the time of Mr. Astorino's invitation, construction of the hotel was already under way and his firm's proposed changes were deemed too costly and time consuming to implement. However, Astorino's work impressed the Vatican and he was invited to design an adjoining chapel for the hotel, which was largely funded by Mr. Connelly, who also gave it its name.

The Chapel of the Holy Spirit was commissioned to create a prayerful and contemplative space for clergy and other visitors staying in the hotel. It is also the space where the 120 members of the College of Cardinals meet to pray and take communion before they vote for the next Pope during the conclave.

The chapel's design drew upon research and observations of existing Vatican structures created by Michelangelo, Bernini, and Bramante, as well as geometric designs found in the natural world. The Chapel of the Holy Spirit (CHS) is situated between the ancient Leonine Wall (9th Century BCE) and the Domus Sanctae Marthae (completed 1996), opening onto the Plaza Santa Marta. The CHS entrance is prefaced by a garden that includes a triangular-grid path leading visitors from the pavement to the chapel. The garden features a fountain, reflecting pool, and benches.

Astorino's goal for the design of the CHS was to convey spiritual meaning and "the mystery of the Holy Spirit itself" through the physical elements of the structure. With the triangle as a central motif, Astorino's design emphasizes the ecclesiastical figure of the Holy Trinity and the interrelationship of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The triangle is used throughout the structure, functionally and symbolically; it is prominently featured in the floor's marble grid pattern, and in the building's outter structure, as it is situated on a triangualr site between the Leonine Wall and Domus Sanctae Marthae. The first mass in the chapel was celebrated on October 31, 1996 and was given by Cardinal Rosalio José Castillo Lara (1922-2007).

Along with the chapel, there were several marketing and commemorative initiatives created to accompany and promote the project. These include: an informational brochure created by Astorino, a book written by Louis Astorino that describes his personal experience, cufflinks, a commemorative stamp and pins based on the chapel's dove iconography, and a time capsule set in the chapel's foundation stone.

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Scope and Content Notes

The Astorino Records on the Chapel of the Holy Spirit focuses on Astorino's collaboration with the Vatican between 1993 and 1997, and covers Mr. Astorino's invitation to contribute to the design of the Domus Sanctae Marthae and subsequent presentations delivered to Vatican officials; development of plans for the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, including research materials (books, magazines, photocopies, and photographs), design drafts, correspondence, documentation of construction, related press and consecration of the chapel; a portion of the collection comprises six boxes of photographs and design drafts documenting the process and 15 rolles of oversized design prints. Photographs in the collection depict Astorino's involvement in both projects between 1993 and 1997 and include personal pictures of visits to the Vatican, with various clergy, and project-related images of presentations, models, building construction, and use of the chapel. Much of this collection was originally arranged into binders by Chapel of the Holy Spirit project head, Jennifer Lucchino, with the assistance of an archivist, Anne Borkovic, in 2001. Largely maintaining original order, the collection has been rehoused and born digital materials have been ingested to ensure preservation. Most born digital image and text files are represented within the collection in analog form, i.e. printed Computer-Aided Design (CAD) plans and construction photographs that were used throughout planning and construction phases.

In addition to drawings and design images, the collection contains many 3-D models and construction samples, all of which are held by the Museum.

Series I: Domus Sanctae Marthae Project Files, 1992-1993

This series includes research, administrative records, planning, and design materials for the building of the new Vatican City hotel for which Astorino was called upon to suggest design improvements.

Series II: Chapel of the Holy Spirit Project Files, 1993-2005

This series spans all phases of the Chapel's construction, from inception to completion and the following years. This series includes research files that explore religious symbolism, Catholicism, individual artists, the Vatican, other churches, landscape design, architecture, and geometric designs of the natural world. This series also contains administrative records, meeting minutes, correspondence, and presentation outlines detailing the project. The chapel's design was created using a combination of traditional, hand-drawn methods, as well as new technologies such as Computer-Aided Design (CAD), and these files contain records of both methods, many of which are included in Series III with other visual media.

Additionally, this series contains drafts of Louis Astorino's commemorative book about the experience of designing the chapel. These records include paper drafts, notes, and born digital files; the floppy disks are contained in Series IV.

Series III: Photographs and Design Images, 1992-1997

This series documents the Chapel's design and construction, including the contents of nine personal photo albums and several binders of color and black and white photos. Negatives and contact sheets for many rolls of film are also included.

Series IV: Media and Born Digital Records, 1992-2005

This series includes VHS, cassette, DVD, and 3.5 inch diskettes of born-digital records. The video recordings contain research footage of Italian interior design expos in 1993 and 1994; news footage from WPIX in New York that mentions the Chapel of the Holy Spirit; and a CHS presentation recording. Computer diskettes are listed in the finding aid with related materials, but are physically stored together in Box 12. Their contents have been ingested electronically following procedures detailed in the Heinz History Center's born digital workflow.

Series V: Oversized Materials, 1985-1997

This series includes fifteen rolls of design drawings and prints from both the Domus Sanctae Marthae and Chapel of the Holy Spirit projects, and two shelf items. The two wrapped shelf items are a collection of hand painted watercolor renderings of the chapel by Louis Astorino and an enlarged poster from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (1999).

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Arrangement

  1. Series I: Domus Sanctae Marthae Project Files, 1992-1993
  2. Series II: Chapel of the Holy Spirit Project Files, 1993-2005
  3. Series III: Photographs and Design Images, 1992-1997
  4. Series IV: Media and Born Digital Records, 1992-2005
  5. Series V: Oversize Materials, 1985-1997

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Heinz History Center

1212 Smallman St.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222
library@heinzhistorycenter.org
URL: https://www.heinzhistorycenter.org

Conditions Governing Access

None.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with the Senator John Heinz History Center. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Thomas and Katherine Detre Library and Archives of the Senator John Heinz History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Louis P. Astorino in 2015.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Cate Peebles in 2017-05-10.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials

The following artifacts have been tranferred to the Museum Division.

  1. Model, Architect's, 2001.112.1
  2. ZONA DELLA DOMUS SANCTAE MARTHAE / LA CITTA DEL VATICANO, 2015.94.1 a,b
  3. TORRE COMPANARIA CAPPELLA DELLO SPIRITO SANTO,2015.94.2 a-c
  4. L'ABSIDE DI SAN PIETRO, CAPPELLA DELLO SPIRITO SANTO, LA CITTA DEL VATICANO, 2015.94.3 a-c
  5. Model, Architect's, 2015.94.4
  6. Model, Architect's, 2015.94.5
  7. Model, Architect's, 2015.94.6
  8. Model, Architect's, 2015.94.7
  9. Model, Architect's, 2015.94.8
  10. Model, Architect's, 2015.94.9
  11. Model, Architect's, 2015.94.10
  12. Model, Architect's, 2015.94.11
  13. Model, Architect's, 2015.94.12
  14. Model, Architect's, 2015.94.13
  15. Model, Architect's, 2015.94.14
  16. Model of St. Peter's Apse, Entrance from Garden, 2015.94.15
  17. Model of Chapel of the Holy Spirit with Ceiling Grid, 2015.94.16 a,d
  18. Chapel body model C-D1, 2015.94.17
  19. Chapel body model C-D2, 2015.94.18
  20. Chapel body structure model C-E, 2015.94.19
  21. Chapel body structure model C-E, 2015.94.20 a,b
  22. Chapel roof model C-F, 2015.94.21
  23. Chapel Apse model AP-C3, 2015.94.22
  24. Chapel Apse model AP-C4, 2015.94.23
  25. Chapel Altar MF-A, 2015.94.24 a,b
  26. Angled block model C-H, 2015.94.25
  27. Side Roof Structure model C-C, 2015.94.26
  28. Side Roof Structure model C-C, 2015.94.27
  29. Chair Rail model (Plain) CR-A, 2015.94.28
  30. Dove Model MP-D, 2015.94.30
  31. Dove Model MP-E, 2015.94.31
  32. Dove cufflink model, 2015.94.32
  33. Dove cufflink model, 2015.94.33
  34. Dove cufflink model, 2015.94.34
  35. Structural model, 2015.94.35 a-l
  36. Solid brick sample SB-A1, 2015.94.36
  37. Solid brick sample SB-A2, 2015.94.37
  38. Solid brick sample SB-A3, 2015.94.38
  39. Hollow brick sample SB-B1, 2015.94.39
  40. Hollow brick sample SB-B2, 2015.94.40
  41. Brick sample SB-C1,2015.94.41
  42. Brick sample SB-C2, 2015.94.42
  43. Brick sample SB-C3, 2015.94.43
  44. Brick sample SB-C4, 2015.94.44
  45. Brick sample SB-C5, 2015.94.45
  46. Brick sample SB-C6, 2015.94.46
  47. Glass sample SG-A, 2015.94.47
  48. Glass sample SG-B, 2015.94.48
  49. Glass sample SG-C, 2015.94.49
  50. Glass sample SG-D, 2015.94.50
  51. Marble sample SM-A1, Bianco Statuario Tipo Puro, 2015.94.51
  52. Marble sample SM-A2, Bianco Statuario Puro, 2015.94.52
  53. Marble sample SM-A3, Carrara Classico, 2015.94.53
  54. Marble sample SM-B1, Giallo Broccatello di Siena, 2015.94.54
  55. Marble sample SM-B2, Giallo di Siena, 2015.94.55
  56. Marble sample SM-B3, Giallo di Siena, 2015.94.56
  57. Marble sample SM-C, Giallo Spagna, 2015.94.57
  58. Marble sample SM-D1, Rosso Dei Pirenei, 2015.94.58
  59. Marble sample SM-D2, Rosso Dei Pirenei or Rosso Griotte, 2015.94.59
  60. Marble sample SM-E, Rosso Acicante, 2015.94.60
  61. Marble sample SM-F, Cipollino Antico (Marmo di Caristo), 2015.94.61
  62. Marble sample SM-G, Verde di Grecia, 2015.94.62
  63. Marble sample SM-H, Verde Guatemala, 2015.94.63
  64. Marble sample SM-I, Paonazzetto di Carrara, 2015.94.64
  65. Granite sample SG-A, Granito Nero, 2015.94.65
  66. Copper metal sample SMT-A1, 2015.94.66
  67. Copper metal sample SMT-A2, 2015.94.67
  68. Copper metal sample SMT-A3, 2015.94.68
  69. Copper metal sample SMT-A4, 2015.94.69
  70. Copper metal sample SMT-A5, 2015.94.70
  71. Copper metal sample SMT-A6, 2015.94.71
  72. Copper metal sample SMT-A7, 2015.94.72
  73. Copper metal sample SMT-A8, 2015.94.73
  74. Copper metal sample SMT-A9, 2015.94.74
  75. Copper plate sample SMT-B, 2015.94.75
  76. Copper plate sample SMT-B1, 2015.94.76
  77. Copper plate sample SMT-B2, 2015.94.77
  78. Copper paint sample SMT-C1 "Eurocolor", 2015.94.78
  79. Copper paint sample SMT-C2 "F752", 2015.94.79
  80. Copper paint sample with particles, SMT-C3, 2015.94.80
  81. Copper paint sample, SMT-C4, 2015.94.81
  82. Copper paint sample, SMT-C5, 2015.94.82
  83. Lead plate sample, SMT-D, 2015.94.83
  84. B-52 metal sample, SMT-E, 2015.94.84
  85. B-52 metal sample, SMT-E, 2015.94.85
  86. B-52 metal sample, SMT-E, 2015.94.86
  87. B-52 metal sample, SMT-E, 2015.94.87
  88. B-52 metal sample, SMT-E, 2015.94.88
  89. B-52 metal sample, SMT-E, 2015.94.89
  90. Copper paint sample "Protex", SMT-F, 2015.94.90
  91. Travertine sample ST-A1, Romano Classico, 2015.94.91
  92. Travertine sample ST-A2, Classico Al Verso Non-Stuccato or Romano Al Verso, 2015.94.92
  93. Travertine sample ST-A3, Romano Classico Al Verso or Romano Al Verso, 2015.94.93
  94. Travertine sample ST-B1, Turco Contro Verso, 2015.94.94
  95. Travertine sample ST-B2, Turco Contro Verso, 2015.94.95
  96. Travertine sample ST-C, Broccatello di Spagna, 2015.94.96
  97. Flooring, 2015.94.97
  98. Flooring, 2015.94.98
  99. Flooring, 2015.94.99
  100. Flooring, 2015.94.100

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Rome (Italy).
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

Subject(s)

  • Architecture.
  • Art, Christian.
  • Buildings--Design and construction.
  • CAD (Computer-aided design).
  • Catholic Church. Apostolic Camera.
  • Conclaves, Papal.
  • Church architecture.
  • Church buildings--Vatican City.
  • Ecclesiastical art.
  • Holy See.
  • Holy Spirit—Symbolism.
  • Icons.
  • Popes--elections.
  • Roman Catholicism.
  • Roman Catholic Church.
  • Spirituality in architecture.
  • Symbolism and Christian art.
  • Vatican Palace.

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Domus Sanctae Marthae Project Files 1992-1993 

Scope and Contents

This series includes research, administrative records, planning, and design materials for the building of the new Vatican City hotel for which Astorino was invited to suggest design improvements.

Box
1
Folder
1
  BoxFolder
Second Presentation, Rome and Ireland 1993 12
  BoxFolder
Proposed Design Booklet 1993 13
  BoxFolder
Sketches 1993 14
  BoxFolder
Conceptual Designs 1993 15
  BoxFolder
Correspondence 1992-1993 16
  BoxFolder
Astorino Vatican Trip 1993 17
  BoxFolder
Meeting Minutes 1993 18
  BoxFolder
Outline of Events 1993 19
  BoxFolder
Participants in Design of Hotel Construction 1993 110
  BoxFolder
Proposal of Modifications 1993 111
  BoxFolder
Press 1993 112
  BoxFolder
Presentation, Model Transport 1993 113

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Series  II. Chapel of the Holy Spirit Project Files 1993-2005 

Scope and Contents

This series spans all phases of the Chapel's construction, from inception to completion, and the following years. This series includes research files that explore religious symbolism, Catholicism, individual artists, the Vatican, other churches, landscape design, architecture, and geometric designs of the natural world. This series also contains administrative records, meeting minutes, correspondence, and presentation outlines detailing the project. The chapel's design was created using a combination of traditional, hand-drawn methods, as well as new technologies such as Computer-Aided Design (CAD), and these files contain records of both methods, many of which are included in Series III with other visual media.

Additionally, this series contains drafts of Louis Astorino's commemorative book about his experience designing the chapel. These records include paper drafts, notes, and born digital files; the floppy disks are contained in Series IV.

  BoxFolder

Section: Trip to Rome, Transcription, and mini-cassette 1994 

114
  BoxFolder
Research: Holy Spirit, the Environment, and Art in Catholic Worship (1 of 5) Undated 115
  BoxFolder
Research: Holy Spirit, the Environment, and Art in Catholic Worship (2 of 5) Undated 116
  BoxFolder
Research: Holy Spirit, the Environment, and Art in Catholic Worship (3 of 5) Undated 117
  BoxFolder
Research: Holy Spirit, the Environment, and Art in Catholic Worship (4 of 5) Undated 118
  BoxFolder
Research: Holy Spirit, the Environment, and Art in Catholic Worship (5 of 5) Undated 119
  BoxFolder
Research, Catholicism and Liturgy Undated 120
  BoxFolder
Research, Church Pamphlets Undated 121
  BoxFolder
Research, Symbolism and the Trinity Undated 122
  BoxFolder
Research, Religious Symbolism Undated 123
  BoxFolder
Research, Renaissance Architecture Undated 124
  BoxFolder
Research, Vatican Images Undated 125
  BoxFolder
Research, Maps (Rome andf Jerusalem) Undated 126
  BoxFolder
Research, Vatican Undated 127
  BoxFolder
Research, Vatican City, National Geographic 1985 128
  BoxFolder
Research, Papal Elections Undated 129
  BoxFolder
Research, Churches (1 of 4) Undated 130
  BoxFolder
Research, Churches (2 of 4) Undated 131
  BoxFolder
Research, Churches (3 of 4) Undated 132
  BoxFolder
Research, Churches (4 of 4) Undated 133
  BoxFolder
Research, Other Chapels Undated 134
  BoxFolder
Research, Monasteries of Western Europe Undated 135
  BoxFolder
Research, St. Peter Undated 136
  BoxFolder
Research, Images Undated 137
  BoxFolder
Research, Organic Forms in Architecture Undated 138
  BoxFolder
Research, Marble Undated 139
  BoxFolder
Research, Images of St. Peter's Basilica Undated 140
  BoxFolder
Note, Floor Pattern Undated 141
  BoxFolder
Research, Images of St. Peter Undated 142
  BoxFolder
Research, Environment and Art in Catholic Worship (book) 1993 143
  BoxFolder
Research, Landscape Design Undated 144
  BoxFolder
Research, Caravaggio 1994 145
  BoxFolder
Research, Jens Jensen Undated 146
  BoxFolder
Research, Frank Lloyd Wright Undated 147
  BoxFolder
Research, Geometric Designs, I Undated 148
  BoxFolder
Research, Geometric Designs, II Undated 149
  BoxFolder
Research, Miscellaneous Readings Undated 150
  BoxFolder
Research, Bibliography Undated 151
  BoxFolder
Chronology 1992-1997 21
  BoxFolder
Italian Architecture Vocabulary Undated 22
  BoxFolder
Vatican Organization Undated 23
  BoxFolder
Correspondence 1993-1994 24
  BoxFolder
First View of Vatican S. Marta Scheme 1993-1994 25
  BoxFolder
Letter from Archbishop of Philadelphia 1993 26
  BoxFolder
Correspondence with Massimo Stoppa 1994-1997 27
  BoxFolder
Correspondence, September-December 1994 28
  BoxFolder
Correspondence, Chapel Construction Faxes 1994-1995 29
  BoxFolder
Correspondence, June-May 1995 210
  BoxFolder
Correspondence, June-December 1995 211
  BoxFolder
Design and Construction Correspondence, 1 of 2 1994-1995 212
  BoxFolder
Design and Construction Correspondence, 2 of 2 1994-1995 213
  BoxFolder
Astorino, Personal Correspondence 1995 214
  BoxFolder
Correspondence, with Douglas Dick 1995 215
  BoxFolder
Correspondence, Requests for Tours of Chapel and Vatican 1995-1996 216
  BoxFolder
Correspondence, Trip to Rome 1995 217
  BoxFolder
McKinney Trip to Rome 1995 218
  BoxFolder
Ray Werner Trip to Rome 1995 219
  BoxFolder
David Weill and Shady Side Academy trip to Rome 1995 220
  BoxFolder
Correspondence, Thomas Detre 1995 221
  BoxFolder
Correspondence and Design Notes 1996 222
  BoxFolder
Correspondence, Chapel Design/ Construction 1996 223
  BoxFolder
Correspondence, 1 of 2 1996-1997 224
  BoxFolder
Correspondence, 2 of 2 1996-1997 225
  BoxFolder
Correspondence, Time Capsule 1996 226
  BoxFolder
Correspondence, Completion of Project 1996-1997 227
  BoxFolder
List of Models, Binders, Samples 1996 228
  BoxFolder
To-Do Lists 1993 229
  BoxFolder
To-Do Lists and Notes 1994-1995 230
  BoxFolder
Project Contact Information Undated 231
  BoxFolder
Construction Memos 1994-1996 232
  BoxFolder
Chapel of the Holy Spirit Brochure Drafts 1994-1996 233
  BoxFolder
Architectural Concept Booklet, (Eng. and It.) Undated 234
  BoxFolder
Project Planning Booklets Undated 235
  BoxFolder
Trips to Rome 1993-1996 236
  BoxFolder
Travel Itinerary 1995 237
  BoxFolder
LDA Calendars 1993-1996 238
  BoxFolder
First Chapel Design Sessions, Rome 1994 239
  BoxFolder
Meeting Memos, Chapel Construction 1995-1996 240
  BoxFolder
Project Meeting 5/1996 241
  BoxFolder
Apartment Rental, Rome 1995 242
  BoxFolder
Computer Network Use 1995 243
  BoxFolder
Astorino, Contact Information 1995 244
  BoxFolder
Professional Conference Brochures 1996-1997 245
  BoxFolder
Correspondence, Medici Marble 1996 246
  BoxFolder
Financial Records 1994 247
  BoxFolder
Computer Directory Printout 1995 248
  BoxFolder
ACAD Directory Inventory 1996 249
  BoxFolder
Computer Directory Inventory 1994-1996 250
  BoxFolder
Computer Directory Inventory, CAD ACAD 1995-1996 251
  BoxFolder
Holiday Cards, Pope John Paul II 1992-1993 31
  BoxFolder
Christmas Cards to LDA from Cardinal Lara 1994-2005 32
  BoxFolder
Correspondence to LDA from the Vatican 1996-1997 33
  BoxFolder
LDA, Drafts of Letters to Pope and Cardinal Lara 1996 34
  BoxFolder
Vatican Stationary c1960s 35
  BoxFolder
Gift from Massimo Stoppa, Book on Vatican c1994 36
  BoxFolder
Bells 1995 41
  BoxFolder
Chairs Undated 42
  BoxFolder
Celebrant Chair Undated 43
  BoxFolder
Chair, Drawings and Sketches Undated 44
  BoxFolder
Door Hardware Undated 45
  BoxFolder
Decorated Glass Door Design Undated 46
  BoxFolder
Lighting Undated 47
  BoxFolder
Marble Floor Ideas and Sketches Undated 48
  BoxFolder
Floor Pattern Studies Undated 49
  BoxFolder
Marble Floor Studies Undated 410
  BoxFolder
Floor Plan Drafts Undated 411
  BoxFolder
Marble Floor Research Undated 412
  BoxFolder
Floor Pattern Notes Undated 413
  BoxFolder
Floor Pattern Drafts Undated 414
  BoxFolder
Marble Research Undated 415
  BoxFolder
Rambusch Glass and Lighting Undated 416
  BoxFolder
Decorative Glass Undated 417
  BoxFolder
Picalarga Woodworkers Undated 418
  BoxFolder
Paint Undated 419
  BoxFolder
HVAC for Chapel Undated 420
  BoxFolder
Tiles and Ceramics Undated 421
  BoxFolder
Structural Steel Shapes Undated 422
  BoxFolder
Window Shades Undated 423
  BoxFolder
Copper Roofing Undated 424
  BoxFolder
Dove Symbol Undated 425
  BoxFolder
Lectern Revisions Undated 426
  BoxFolder
Light Sources, Apse Undated 427
  BoxFolder
Column Studies Undated 428
  BoxFolder
Sconces Undated 429
  BoxFolder
Altar and Lectern, I Undated 430
  BoxFolder
Altar and Lectern, II Undated 431
  BoxFolder
Panels Undated 432
  BoxFolder
Holy Water Fonts Undated 433
  BoxFolder
Stations of the Cross Sculpture Undated 434
  BoxFolder
Crucifix at Altar Undated 435
  BoxFolder
St. Peter's Apse Studies 1995 436
  BoxFolder
Chapel Structure and Tower Undated 437
  BoxFolder
Reflected Ceiling Plan Undated 438
  BoxFolder
Details of Chapel Attachment to Santa Marta Undated 439
  BoxFolder
Landscape Design Undated 440
  BoxFolder
Roof Design Undated 441
  BoxFolder
Pavement Design, Meeting Transcription Undated 442
  BoxFolder
Construction Issues Sept 1995 443
  BoxFolder
Design Developments Undated 444
  BoxFolder
Design Prints 1995 445
  BoxFolder
Design Sketches, 1 of 5 Undated 446
  BoxFolder
Design Sketches, 2 of 5 Undated 447
  BoxFolder
Design Sketches, 3 of 5 Undated 448
  BoxFolder
Design Sketches, 4 of 5 Undated 449
  BoxFolder
Design Sketches, 5 of 5 Undated 450
  BoxFolder
Chapel Design Plans, 1 of 3 Undated 51
  BoxFolder
Chapel Design Plans, 2 of 3 Undated 52
  BoxFolder
Chapel Design Plans, 3 of 3 Undated 53
  BoxFolder
Chapel Design Notes Undated 54
  BoxFolder
Chapel Design, Color Drawings Undated 55
  BoxFolder
Chapel Design, Sketches and CAD Undated 56
  BoxFolder
Construction Images, with Notes Undated 57
  BoxFolder
Copper and Brass Samples Undated 58
  BoxFolder
Construction, Meeting Memo 12-1994 59
  BoxFolder
Project Notes 2-1995 510
  BoxFolder
Design Consultation with Ben Nicholson 1995 511
  BoxFolder
Memorandum 1995-1996 512
  BoxFolder
Financial Statements 1996 513
  BoxFolder
Chapel of the Holy Spirit Book 1996 514
  BoxFolder
Book, Draft and Storyboard 1996 515
  BoxFolder
Book, Mock-Up 1996 516
  BoxFolder
Correspondence, Book Project 1995-1997 517
  BoxFolder
Book, Draft notes 1996-1997 518
  BoxFolder
Book, Draft and Design Concept 1996-1997 519
  BoxFolder
Book, Copy of Draft 1996-1997 520
  BoxFolder
Book, Text Drafts 1996-1997 521
  BoxFolder
Book, Editorial Notes 1996 522
  BoxFolder
Book, Astorino Reflections Draft 1996 523
  BoxItems
Astorino Book Files (2 Disks) 1995-1997 121-2
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Book, Astorino Reflections Update 2005 524
  BoxFolder
Dove Studies Undated 525
  BoxFolder
Dove Cufflinks and Design Undated 526
  BoxFolder
Correspondence, Cufflinks 1997 527
  BoxFolder
Cufflinks Design 1997 528
  BoxFolder
Treasures of the Vatican, Marketing 1996-1997 529
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John Connelly, Vatican Merchandise Marketing 1996-1997 530
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Correspondence, Post-Construction 1997-1998 531
  BoxFolder
Jubilee 2000, Planning Information 1997 532
  BoxFolder
Jubilee 2000, Press and Planning 1997 533
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Chapel of the Holy Spirit Archive 1995 534
  BoxFolder
Library and Archives Research 1996 535
  BoxFolder
Storage and Inventory of Chapel Archive 1996 536
  BoxFolder
Drawing List, for Archives 1997 537
  BoxFolder
Pittsburgh Symphony at the Vatican 2004 538
  BoxFolder
WQED, Vatican Concert 2004 539
  BoxFolder
Chapel of the Holy Spirit PR 2005 540

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Series  III. Photographs and Design Images, 1992-1997 

Scope and Contents

This series documents the Chapel's design and construction, including the contents of nine personal photo albums and several binders of color and black and white photos. Negatives and contact sheets for many rolls of film are also included.

  BoxFolder
Photo Album, I 1993-1995 61
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Photo Album, II 1993-1995 62
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Photo Album, III 1993-1995 63
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Photo Album, IV 1993-1995 64
  BoxFolder
Photo Album, V 1993-1995 65
  BoxFolder
Photo Album, VI 1993-1995 66
  BoxFolder
Photo Album, VII 1993-1995 67
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Photo Album, VIII 1993-1995 68
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Photo Album, IX 1993-1995 69
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Site Images 1992-1996 71
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Chapel, Meetings and People 1993-1996 72
  BoxFolder
Timeline 1993-1994 73
  BoxFolder
Domus Sanctae Marthae, Model Room 1993 74
  BoxFolder
Vatican Grounds 1993 75
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Vatican Grounds and Museums 1993 76
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Rome, First View of Santa Marta Scheme 1993 77
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Rome, First Domus Sanctae Marthae Presentation 1993 78
  BoxFolder
Astorino Tour of Vatican with John Connelly c1993 79
  BoxFolder
Rome and Ireland, 2nd Santa Marta Presentation 1993 710
  BoxFolder
Presentation of Architectural Concept, Models 1993 711
  BoxFolder
Santa Marta, Presentation of Architectural Concept 1993 712
  BoxFolder
Chapel, First Presentation 1993 713
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First Chapel Design Sessions, Rome 1994 714
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Models, 1 of 3 1994 715
  BoxFolder
Models, 2 of 3 1994 716
  BoxFolder
Models, 3 of 3 1994 717
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Chapel Construction 1994 718
  BoxFolder
Presentation Models, 1 of 5 1994-1995 719
  BoxFolder
Presentation Models, 2 of 5 1994-1995 720
  BoxFolder
Presentation Models, 3 of 5 1994-1995 721
  BoxFolder
Presentation Models, 4 of 5 1994-1995 722
  BoxFolder
Presentation Models, 5 of 5 1994-1995 723
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First Chapel Presentation 1994 724
  BoxFolder
Presentation, Design Development 1994 725
  BoxFolder
First Presentation 1994 726
  BoxFolder
Presentation for Chapel, Computer Images 1994 727
  BoxFolder
Chapel Construction 1994-1995 728
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Chapel, Interior Views 1994-1996 729
  BoxFolder
Construction Details 1994-1996 730
  BoxFolder
Chapel Elevations 1994-1996 731
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Chapel Construction, Early Stages c1993 732
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Chapel Construction 1994 733
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Chapel Construction, 1 1995 734
  BoxFolder
Chapel Construction, 2 1995 735
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Chapel Construction, 3 1995 736
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Chapel Construction, 4 1995 737
  BoxFolder
Chapel Construction, 5 1995 738
  BoxFolder
Chapel Construction, 6 1995 739
  BoxFolder
Chapel Construction, 7 1995 740
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Chapel Photos (CD) Undated 123
  BoxItems
Chapel Images (CD) Undated 124
  BoxItems
Original Design Images (CD) Undated 125
  BoxFolder
Apses 1995-1996 741
  BoxFolder
Italy, Apartment in Rome 1995 742
  BoxFolder
Chapel, Group Photos 1995 743
  BoxFolder
Vatican Museums, Astorino Family 1995 744
  BoxFolder
Astorino Family 1996 745
  BoxFolder
Vatican, Rome, Astorino Family 1996 746
  BoxFolder
Chapel Construction 1996 747
  BoxFolder
Chapel Construction 1996 748
  BoxFolder
Chapel Construction 1996 749
  BoxFolder
Chapel Interior, color photocopies 1996 750
  BoxFolder
Chapel Construction 1996 751
  BoxFolder
Chapel Construction 1996 752
  BoxFolder
Chapel Construction 1996 753
  BoxFolder
Model Photographs, 1 of 3 1996 754
  BoxFolder
Model Photographs, 2 of 3 1996 755
  BoxFolder
Model Photographs, 3 of 3 1996 756
  BoxFolder
Completed Chapel 1997 757
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Domus Sanctae Marthae, Model Hotel Suite 1993 81
  BoxFolder
Domus Sanctae Marthae, Construction 1993-1995 82
  BoxFolder
Domus Sanctae Marthae, Site and Surroundings 1993-1995 83
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Domus Sanctae Marthae, Proposed Alterations 1993-1995 84
  BoxFolder
Points of Interest in Rome Undated 85
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Vatican Buildings, Gardens and Fountains 1993 86
  BoxFolder
Sistine Chapel 1993 87
  BoxFolder
Research, Other Churches and Chapels 1994 88
  BoxFolder
Chapel Construction, Early Stages 1994-1996 89
  BoxFolder
Chapel Construction and Interior 1994-1996 810
  BoxFolder
Chapel Construction, Black and White 1994-1996 811
  BoxFolder
Chapel Construction, In Progress/ Exterior 1994-1996 812
  BoxFolder
Chapel Construction 1994-1996 813
  BoxFolder
Chapel Construction and Design Boards 1994-1996 814
  BoxFolder
Chapel Construction, Interior 1994-1996 815
  BoxFolder
Chapel Construction, Final Stages 1996 816
  BoxFolder
Chapel Construction, Astorino and Connelly 1994-1996 817
  BoxFolder
Astorino in Completed Chapel 1996 818
  BoxFolder
Audience with Pope John Paul II, Astorino and Wuerl Undated 819
  BoxFolder
Vatican Interior Undated 820
  BoxFolder
Chapel, Side Aisles 1994-1996 821
  BoxFolder
Bell tower Models 1994-1996 822
  BoxFolder
Roof 1995-1996 823
  BoxFolder
Ceiling Grid 1994-1996 824
  BoxFolder
Pavement 1994-1996 825
  BoxFolder
Design Details 1994-1996 826
  BoxFolder
Schematic Studies and Sketches 1994-1996 827
  BoxFolder
Walkway, Group Dinner, Astorino and Connelly 1993 828
  BoxFolder
Pope John Paul II, Mass Undated 829
  BoxFolder
View of St. Peter's Basilica Undated 830
  BoxFolder
Chapel, Chairs 1994-1996 831
  BoxFolder
Chapel, Furniture and Statuary c1996 832
  BoxFolder
Chapel Interior, Lighting 1994-1996 833
  BoxFolder
Chapel, Boiler/ Pipes 1995-1996 834
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Chapel, Color Photo Copies 1994-1999 835
  BoxFolder
Chapel Design, Computer Imaging 1994-1996 836
  BoxFolder
Chapel, Light fixtures (copies) 1994-1996 837
  BoxFolder
Other Churches, Interiors (copies) Undated 838
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Chapel, Scale Models, 1 of 2 Undated 839
  BoxFolder
Chapel, Scale Models, 2 of 2 Undated 840
  BoxFolder
Polaroids, Models Undated 841
  BoxFolder
Chapel, Design Models 1994-1996 842
  BoxFolder
Marble Floor Design 1995-1996 843
  BoxFolder
Floor Plan 1995-1996 844
  BoxFolder
Computer Images (CAD), 1 of 7 1994-1996 845
  BoxFolder
Computer Images (CAD), 2 of 7 1994-1996 846
  BoxFolder
Computer Images (CAD), 3 of 7 1994-1996 847
  BoxFolder
Computer Images (CAD), 4 of 7 1994-1996 848
  BoxFolder
Computer Images (CAD), 5 of 7 1994-1996 849
  BoxFolder
Computer Images (CAD), 6 of 7 1994-1996 850
  BoxFolder
Computer Images (CAD), 7 of 7 1994-1996 851
  BoxItems
CAD Files, 1-4 (Disks) Undated 126-10
  BoxFolder
DWG Design Files (Disk) Undated 1211
  BoxFolder
Chapel Site 1993-1995 852
  BoxFolder
Design Images, Models for Presentation Undated 853
  BoxFolder
Dove Images 1996 854
  BoxFolder
Postcard Images 1996 855
  BoxFolder
Photo copies of Chapel Photographs 1993-1997 856
  BoxFolder
CAD Designs and Chapel Details 1995-1996 857

Section: Slides 

  BoxFolder
Vatican Presentation, 1 of 3 1993 91
  BoxFolder
Vatican Presentation, 2 of 3 1993 92
  BoxFolder
Vatican Presentation, 3 of 3 1993 93
  BoxFolder
Chapel of the Holy Spirit Presentation 1994-1996 94
  BoxFolder
Construction of Chapel 1994-1996 95
  BoxFolder
Models of Chapel 1994-1995 96
  BoxFolder
Chapel Construction 1995 97
  BoxFolder
Slide Presentation 6-1995 98
  BoxFolder
St. Peter's Apse Model 8-1995 99
  BoxFolder
Cufflinks Prototype 1996 910
  BoxFolder
Chapel Color Design Drawings 1996 911
  BoxFolder
Chapel Construction 1994-1996 912
  BoxFolder
Construction 1996 913
  BoxFolder
Vatican City/ Rome 5-1996 914
  BoxFolder
Chapel Construction 10-1996 915
  BoxFolder
Completion of Chapel 1996-1997 916
  BoxFolder
Completed Chapel 1997 917
  BoxFolder
Design Models for Presentation 1993 918

Section: Negatives 

  BoxFolder
Chapel Presentation, Models 1994 919
  BoxFolder
Negatives and Contact Sheets, DSM Presentation 1993 920
  BoxFolder
Negatives and Contact Sheets, Construction 1994 921
  BoxFolder
Negatives and Contact Sheets, Construction 1995 922
  BoxFolder
Domus Sanctae Marthae 1993 923
  BoxFolder
Chapel Completion 1996 924
  BoxFolder
Chapel Construction and Completion 1996 925
  BoxFolder
Time Capsule 1996 926
  BoxFolder
Chapel Completion 1996-1997 927
  BoxFolder
Models and Renderings, 1 of 2 1994-1996 928
  BoxFolder
Models and Renderings, 2 of 2 1994-1996 929
  BoxFolder
Chapel, Color Design Drawing Undated 930
  BoxFolder
Vatican City Map Undated 931
  BoxFolder
Chapel Research Undated 932
  BoxFolder
Vatican Interior 1993-1994 933
  BoxFolder
Images of Chapel for Book 1996 101
  BoxFolder
Chapel Design Images Undated 102
  BoxFolder
Chapel Drafts Undated 103
  BoxFolder
Photographs, Completed Chapel 1996 104
  BoxFolder
Photographs, Completed Chapel, with Astorino and Cardinal Lara 1996 105
  BoxFolder
Vatican State Study Model, Domus S. Marthae 1993 106
  BoxFolder
Draft Drawings Undated 111
  BoxFolder
DSM Design Undated 112
  BoxFolder
Marble Floor Pattern 1995 113
  BoxFolder
Landscape Design 1995 114
  BoxFolder
Form Z Models (CAD) 1995 115
  BoxFolder
Marble Floor Plan and Grid Undated 116
  BoxFolder
Roof Design 1995 117
  BoxFolder
Marble Floor Materials, Color Copies 1995 118
  BoxFolder
Lighting Grid Studies 1995 119
  BoxFolder
Panel and Altar Design 1994-1996 1110

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Series  IV. Media and Born Digital Records 1993-2005 

Scope and Contents

This series includes VHS, cassette, DVD, and 3.5 inch diskettes of born-digital records. The video recordings contain research footage of Italian interior design expos in 1993 and 1994; news footage from WPIX in New York that mentions the Chapel of the Holy Spirit; and a CHS presentation recording. Computer diskettes are listed in the finding aid with related materials, but are physically stored together in Box 12.

  BoxItem
WKQV, Interview with Louis Astorino, Cassette tape 2005 1212
  BoxItem
On Q Special: Astorino, Pittsburgh's Architect at the Vatican, DVD 2005 1213
  BoxItem
Selezione Saiedue (VHS) 1993 1214
  BoxItem
Selezione Saiedue (VHS) 1994 1215
  BoxItem
WPIX Chanel 11, News Clip (VHS) 2005 1216
  BoxItem
Vatican Presentation, Santa Marta (VHS) 1993 1217

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Series  V. Oversized Materials 1986-1999 

Scope and Contents

This series includes fifteen rolls of design drawings and prints from both the Domus Sanctae Marthae and Chapel of the Holy Spirit projects, and two shelf items. The two wrapped shelf items are a collection of hand painted watercolor renderings of the chapel by Louis Astorino and an enlarged poster from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (1999). A large box contains drawings of Chapel of the Holy Spirit design details.

  ShelfItem
Watercolors, Renderings and Perspective Drawings 1996 11
  ShelfItem
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Blow Up 1999 12
  ShelfRolls
Designs and Blueprints 1986-1996 11-15

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