The Roberts Street Chaplet

Fargo, North Dakota

The Chaplet was commissioned by an artist interested in creating a spiritual, meditative space where she would create a painting in response to the particular qualities of space and light. The elemental form of gable roof on a simple rectangle is intended as something between a small temple and a simple farm building such as a granary. Steel post-and-beam construction, along with the gridded translucent plastic infill panels, give it a Japanese character. The 8’x12’ interior is experienced as three separate spaces: the entry, the painting alcove, and the seating alcove. The diffuse light and exaggerated verticality create spaciousness in a small space.

Awards & Certifications

  • 2006 – AIA North Dakota: Merit Award

Completion Date


"People need spaces to inspire them, comfort them, and bring them out of their daily lives and into a new way of thinking."
– Marjorie Schlossman, Artist