Tiny Hermitage

by Kent Griswold on January 16th, 2013. 15 Comments
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by Craig Rockweiler

Students from my Alma Mater, The Catholic University of America’s School of Architecture Design Collaborative in Washington, DC, recently designed a tiny hermitage for the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America.

It is a place of quiet retreat where anyone is able to experience the solitude that is difficult to find in today’s world. Book your retreat now at the Franciscan Monastery Hermitage.


Designed for one person, the Hermitage is a beautiful and peaceful retreat space nestled behind the historic Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America in Washington, DC.


  • Private building for one person
  • Sleep area, kitchenette for preparing your own meals, washer/dryer, bathroom and private outdoor deck
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Spiritual opportunities
  • Personal retreats, typically 1-7 nights
  • Daily Mass and confessions available
  • Access to the Alverna Chapel
  • Historic Monastery church, beautiful gardens and shrines on 42 acres

The Hermitage is in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC, near The Catholic University of America and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

To learn more visit the website here http://www.myfranciscan.org/facilities/hermitage/hermitage-accommadations/

hermitage outside view


study and bedroom



15 Responses to “Tiny Hermitage”

  1. Evan Jensen says:

    This is right around the corner from me, I should go take a look. Thanks for posting!

    Another DC tiny house project: http://boneyardstudios.com/

  2. Shelia says:

    What a sweet little place. A little modern in some ways but rustic in others. Reminds me of a Paris apartment.

  3. Kevin Daniels says:

    I love this idea !!! Might have to take trip !!! Wonderful looking small home !!

  4. Therese says:

    I love that it’s wheelchair accessible. I wish I lived closer.

  5. Paulette says:

    Though modern, it is charming! Love the door and window placement. Wish there was a floorplan posted. Really nice!

  6. Mike says:

    Seems just the right size for a single or couple. The detailing is very nice and the appliance core is the best I’ve seen….

  7. stpauligirl says:

    Beautiful. It looks so peaceful and serene. What a wonderful retreat.

  8. Corri says:

    I couldn’t tell from floor plan or photos what the wooden part near the door is — it sticks out a bit from the rest of the building. Does anyone know? Thx.

  9. Shell says:

    Very cool : )

  10. Mimi Day says:

    THis design and set up makes a great “aging-in-place” type of dwelling on top of being a retreat.

  11. Br. Curt, Franciscan Friar says:

    I think it will be a lovely spot for spiritual refreshment! It is, a little bit, too convenient with amenities, but I think most people will appreciate its simplicity. Just don’t run the washer when yur trying to meditate.

  12. Renate Simsa says:

    Is this design available for others to buy? what is the square footage?

  13. Craig says:

    Corri, the wood sided bump out is where the head of the bed is. Notice the tall, thin windows by the bed?

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