Our Lady of Fatima Shrine
The domed basilica, Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, located in Lewiston, New York has undergone the first major renovation and addition in over fifty years. Father Julio Ciavaglia of the Barnibite Fathers has collaborated with Lauer Manguso and Associate Architects for the design of 7,400 sq.ft. of additional space.
The overall vision for this addition has been created through the many visits made to the historical churches in Italy by the Barnibite Fathers. The general appearance brings the old world artisan experience with the use of granite stone walls, arched doorways, stained glass windows, structural wood beams and copper roofs.
Phase 1 consists of a new ambulatory space around the front entrance to provide a separation between the main domed basilica and the exterior. This space will also provide an area for visitors to experience the basilica and the adjoining chapels without interrupting an ongoing service. The existing Sacristy along the rear of the building has been removed and replaced with a 2,260 sq. ft. addition to be used for small gatherings and to show the historical compilation of religious relics that have been collected by the Barnibite Fathers. The roof structure of this area mimics the dome but it is not intended to compete with the artistic structure.