Set Open the
Door O Soul

Dowling Catholic High School
West Des Moines, IA
Completion date
October 2021

The Dowling Catholic High School Maroon Memorial Garden is a contemplative space adjacent to the Coppola Family St. Joseph Chapel.

The entrance threshold piece is oriented perpendicular to the axis of the setting sun on All Souls Day - inviting all who enter a moment of pause and recognition of entering into a qualitative space creating in the words of collaborator Brother William J. Woeger, F.S.C. a place "capable of bearing the weight of mystery."

Nestled into the hillside between a grouping of cherished trees, the weathering steel elements create a processional threshold experience artfully expressing the importance of faith and celebrating those of the Dowling Catholic community - the living and the departed - as one. The result is a place to experience awareness, a qualitative space where individuals are memorialized through a programming experience in dialogue for small group and individual contemplation. The memorial is dedicated to the deceased members of the Dowling Catholic High School and St. Joseph Academy¬†community.

Excellence in Craft Award
AIA Iowa Chapter
Excellence in Craft ‚ÄĒ Merit Award
AIA Iowa Chapter