IU Receives Grant from Connelly Foundation
Immaculata University recently received a $500,000 grant from the Connelly Foundation to support the restoration of the Villa Maria Dome that is a component of the University’s first ever comprehensive campaign, A Beacon Ever Bright. The project to restore the dome, which was built in 1914 and is the centerpiece of campus, includes masonry and stonework and also the replacement of eight original windows and recoating the dome’s exterior.
“The Dome is a landmark in the community and symbolic to the Catholic faith,” stated Josephine C. Mandeville, president of the Connelly Foundation. “It is filled with the story of Immaculata – its past, present, and future.”
The dome sits atop the Villa Maria Hall, the main building of the University. Philadelphia architectural and engineering firm, Ballinger and Perrot, designed the massive, domed, Italian Renaissance-style building of Villa Maria Hall. The 80-foot eight-sided dome supports a statue of Mary created by Florence-born sculptor Adolfo De Nesti.
“I am personally grateful for the support of the Connelly Foundation. Their commitment not only to Immaculata, but to so many non-profit organizations and schools in the region, make them a shining example of how to increase quality of life through philanthropic outreach,” stated Sister R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, Ed.D., president of Immaculata University.
For more information about the Dome Restoration Project or the $25-million campaign, Beacon Ever Bright, please call Immaculata University at 484-323-3935.
Immaculata University is a Catholic, coeducational institution of higher learning, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.