Catherine's Cottages

Refining the Small House.


Catherine’s Cottage
at Ancilla Domini


Donaldson, Indiana



8,000 SF


13 private bed, activity room, bathing spa, great room, prayer room, residential style kitchen, solarium and landscape courtyard, solarium.

In an effort to marry retirement and spirituality, the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ are refining the small house concept to suit their needs.

Catherine’s Cottage is a convent for the needs of Poor Handmaid Sisters, and is an interpretation of the “Greenhouse Concept.”  Private outdoor porches, a protected courtyard, and a solarium connecting the Catherine Kasper Home provide residents many options of daily living.  Special attention was paid to construction materials and systems that preserve our environment.

Team Leader

Dodd Kattman

Dodd Kattman

AIA, LEED AP, Principal