An Extension in Praise of Consistency and Restraint
The John Felice Rome Center is the university campus in Rome of Chicago’s Loyola University, one of the most important Jesuit colleges in the US.
Founded in 1962 and located since 1978 on the top of Rome’s Mount Balduina in the northwest of the city, the Center is housed in a well-organized complex of buildings designed by Ignazio Breccia Fratadocchi, engineer, and includes a student dormitory, office, library and canteen. The property was purchased in 2009 by Loyola University, which undertook a general renovation and refurbishment program, subsequently deciding to extend the Center by adding a new student dormitory, chapel and entrance hall, and landscaping the grounds.
A long time getting underway, the extension program designed by young Sicilian architect Ignazio Lo Manto was finally started in 2019 and completed in less than 18...