Holy Family Villa
Catholic Charities of Chicago, Nagle Hartray Danker Kagan McKay
Holy Family Villa is a ten-acre site consisting of a Skilled Nursing Facility, the Bishop Timothy Lyne Residence, a retirement home for priests, and, planned for future development, an Assisted Living Facility. Wolff Landscape Architecture, Inc. was responsible for refinements to the overall master plan, site design, and landscape design, including plazas, paving, pedestrian lighting, stone seating walls, site furnishings, signage, and plantings. The landscape architect was also responsible for the design of two outdoor courtyards at the Skilled Nursing Facility, one for use by Alzheimer patients, the other for staff and visitors. The patient courtyard was especially challenging in that it had to be a secure area without appearing restrictive or confining. The courtyard was designed with low seating walls and special plantings at the interior surrounded by a free-flowing walkway and a series of seating areas. The result is a serene and contemplative environment, which provides both security and privacy. The courtyards are constructed of natural stone with colored paving that complement the plantings. The landscape architects selected plant materials in keeping with the facility’s rural, agricultural setting, including a short grass prairie interspersed with native wild flowers; wetland plantings at the retention pond that blend with the natural setting and prevent bank erosion. Trees, shrubs, and perennial plantings were chosen from a palette of native species. Construction was completed in 2001 for a total cost of $395,000.00.