Holy Name Heights new residential community on Madison’s west side Print
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Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Sep. 24, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

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The former Holy Name Seminary on Madison’s west side will house a new residential community to be known as Holy Name Heights. (Catholic Herald photo)

MADISON -- Imagine living in a unique apartment home in a beautiful historic building located on Madison’s west side, close to stores, restaurants, and golf courses.

As an added benefit for Catholics, this building offers weekday daily Masses and Eucharistic Adoration in a chapel featuring a large mosaic of Christ and stained glass windows, including one of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

This new residential community -- to be known as Holy Name Heights -- is the former Holy Name Seminary, which recently has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Constructed in 1964, Holy Name Seminary is a high-style example of the Neo-Colonial style.

After Holy Name Seminary closed in 1995, the building was renovated as a diocesan center and renamed the Bishop O’Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in 1998.

Historical preservation

To preserve its architectural integrity, the building is being renovated as a “certified historic rehabilitation” in compliance with historic preservation guidelines prescribed by the National Park Service.

Gorman & Company was engaged by the Diocese of Madison to serve as the developer of the $23 million project and is providing architectural and design services for the redevelopment. The redevelopment will maintain diocesan offices, the center’s chapel, and other historic features while adding a vibrant new residential community.

Key components of the renovation will be incorporating 53 new apartment homes; updating office space for the diocese, Catholic Charities, and affiliated Catholic organizations, including the Catholic Herald and Relevant Radio; and upgrading the office and kitchen facilities for Blue Plate Catering.

The Bishop O’Donnell Holy Name Memorial Chapel will be maintained and preserved and will continue to offer daily Mass and Eucharistic Adoration during and after the renovation.

New residential community

The new residential community -- Holy Name Heights -- will be comprised of 53 one and two-bedroom apartment homes. A guest suite will be available to rent by residents for visiting family and friends.

Each of the 53 apartments has a unique layout due to the structure of the building. Each apartment will be fully equipped, including kitchen appliances, its own washer and dryer, and thermostat control.

According to Ted Matkom, Wisconsin Market president for Gorman & Company, “Many of the new Holy Name Heights apartments are being created out of spaces within the building that consisted of small form-like apartments that were not seen by the general public or even regular visitors to the building.

“The views out of these areas, especially on the upper floors, are absolutely spectacular for the apartments we are constructing.”

Tenants of all ages are welcome. Each apartment will be assigned one enclosed parking spot.

To recognize and celebrate the building’s historic and cultural significance, Gorman & Company is creating a dedicated space for a “History Lounge” on the lower level of the building below the chapel. In partnership with the diocese, Gorman & Company will curate a display of memorabilia and photographs chronicling the history of Holy Name Seminary.

Office tenants, residents, and visitors will have a chance to view the collection and learn about the seminary’s spiritual legacy.

Besides the “History Lounge,” Holy Name Heights will have a community room, a fitness studio and workout room, and a theater-viewing room in the former Holy Spirit Oratory. The building’s gym will be maintained and tenants will be able to use the gym; it will also be available for rent.

According to Matkom, the redevelopment project is on schedule. The first tenants will be moving into their apartments on the ground level in January of 2016. The other apartments will be occupied on a phased-in basis each month through April.

For more information or to be added to a wait list, call Rick at 608-286-1177.

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