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St. Catharine Mother House

Springfield, Kentucky
St. Catharine Motherhouse

St. Catharine Motherhouse

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The St. Catharine Motherhouse is a large, beautiful brick structure, built in 1904. Located near Springfield, Kentucky, The St. Catharine Motherhouse underwent a major renovation to make the facility more functional.

During the design process, the Dominican Sisters of St. Catharine Kentucky and Sherman Carter Barnhart made a commitment to put into practice their shared commitment to the environment. From the outset, the project was planned and designed by Sherman Carter Barnhart to incorporate numerous sustainable architecture features and practices. The Dominican Sisters of St. Catharine are part of a teaching and preaching order. As Sister Barbara Rapp, a Governing Board member recently stated, “teaching and preaching are what we do; we look at this project as an opportunity to teach others what can be done by actually doing it.” Specific examples include:

  • Geothermal HVAC System
  • Construction Waste Management
  • Resource Reuse – Including Doors, Windows & Floors
  • Drywall From Power Plant Waste
  • Rapidly Renewable Materials
  • Erosion & Sedimentation Control
  • Reduced Site Disturbance
  • Stormwater Management
  • Water Efficient Landscaping
  • Enhanced Indoor Environment With Daylighting And Views To The Exterior

The renovation made the Motherhouse more effective as the administrative center for the Order as well as more comfortable as a retirement home for older Sisters. Already on the site is a nursing home facility. The accommodations in the Motherhouse provide independent and assisted living facilities in a community environment for 50 Sisters in addition to 8 guest rooms.