This prestigious Midwestern college outgrew its chapel in the 1930’s. The new chapel is a house of God which can be used for religious services seating up to 600 or up to 1300 if you include the balconies. The chapel can also accommodate the student body for convocation and commencement services.
The exterior responds to historic Central Hall and is placed on axis with it. The circular portico is inspired by Sir Christopher Wren and Federal era buildings in the Nation’s Capital.
Inside, the vaulted coffered ceiling and balcony seating are supported by limestone Doric columns. The focus is on the raised chancel, decorated with carved relief panels, a Corinthian high altar, and an Ionic Serliana window above.
The chapel is a gift to the college from generous donors, in particular a lead gift from Jo and Jack Babbitt.