Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology was honored for the beauty of its grounds by the South Suburban Chamber of Commerce, at a Feb. 4 gala.
Remarking on Sacred Heart's nomination, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said, "Milwaukee County is proud to have such an iconic facility contribute to the beauty of our entire community."
A citation from the office of Franklin Mayor Stephen Olson noted the building, completed in 1968, was a "showpiece of the Mid-Century Architectural Movement," and cited its shrine, fountain, landscaped walkways, and expansive hardwood forest as key attributes.
The grounds, which also include the Sacred Heart Monastery and Provincial offices of the U.S. Province of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, received third place in the chamber's annual Pride in Premises Award.
On hand to receive the award were (l-r) Mark Wenzel of the facilities management firm Sodexo; Tom Weis, Mariane Wheeler and Mike Erato of the Sacred Heart facilities team; Deacon David Nagle, SCJ, treasurer of the Province; and Garry Kosut, Sally Smits and Bob Granitz, also of Sacred Heart. Franklin Mayor Steve Olsen (far right) presented a city proclamation to the Sacred Heart group.