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Cardinal Ritter College Prep

Design of the new school is symbolic of its role in the urban community

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Cardinal Ritter College Prep

St. Louis, Missouri

Cardinal Ritter’s commitment to preparing students for leadership roles in a multi-ethnic society was the driving force behind Christner’s design for this highly-regarded co-educational Catholic school. Located within the Grand Center cultural district, our design places emphasis on the interdisciplinary learning taking place, utilizing adaptable classrooms, flexible laboratories, multi-functional common spaces, and a library designed for collaborative learning experiences. The new campus creates an anchor on the western edge of an urban area attracting serious investment in the arts and education.

Size: 83,000 sf
Status: Completed 2003
Associate Architect: Grice Group Architects

...its modesty is based on solid aesthetic principals, one being Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s observation about quality springing forth from clarity and simplicity. ...Cardinal Ritter is not in serious debt to any historical ancestor, other than the spirit of modernism and a desire to create a felicitous place for learning and growth.
Robert W. Duffy
Former Architecture Critic, St. Louis Post Dispatch

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