Fr. Bob Simon has loved LEGO building blocks since he was five years old. He grew up building with them and has taken that passion with him into adulthood.

In recent years, he has completed two major LEGO builds. In 2015, he created a large replica of the Vatican, which is comprised of around 500,000 LEGO bricks. (Read about the LEGO Vatican build.) It has been exhibited in several cities in Poland as well as the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

In 2019, when Notre Dame’s Associate Vice President for Storytelling and Engagement Jim Small called up Fr. Simon to ask if he would like to make a LEGO replica of the University’s iconic Main Building, Fr. Simon says, “It was an immediate yes.”

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