Religious  Sacred Landscapes

In the 1920’s, Czech congregation members erected an elaborate outdoor shrine in the image of the Marian statue from Hostyn, the areas namesake from the home country. The Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady in Moravia is a major pilgrimage site, so it was logical for the immigrant community to reference the original. Years later, when Heimsath Architects was commissioned to restore the main church, all that remained of the shrine was a weathered statue and a modest shelter. The team worked with congregation members to upgrade the remaining shrine elements, restore and repaint the statue, and to integrate the shelter into a formal landscape.