Christ Chapel was dedicated by Dr. Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College, on October 3, 2019.
Watch the video of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Clarence Thomas at the dedication event:
The brick and limestone facade stands 70 feet tall and terminates a new quadrangle at the center of campus. The entrance portico is a tholos formed by eight Doric limestone columns crowned with a 32-foot self-supporting brick dome. Over the entry doors the three theological virtues are inscribed in limestone and gold leafed: “Fides” “Spes” and “Caritas”.
In the narthex are symbols such as the Chi-Rho, Holy Trinity, Ark of the Covenant, and the Dove of the Holy Spirit. Over the ten arches of the nave are gold-leaf escutcheons with fruits of the Holy Spirit: Caritas, Gaudium, Pax, Patientia, Benignitas, Bonitas, Fides, Modestia, Continentia, Castitas.
A marble Corinthian altar with pink onyx panels is centered in the Chancel, with an 8-foot bronze cross at the center. To the side of the Chancel is a mechanical action pipe organ with a mahogany case designed by Duncan Stroik. Choir stalls are arranged so that Evensong can be celebrated on a regular basis. The Four Evangelists are depicted in relief at the side walls of the Chancel.
The nave limestone columns are 28 feet tall and are integrated with the structure of the building. Steel supporting the side balconies rests on the limestone, and the steel roof structure is pinned to the top of each column. This is the first time in decades that limestone has been used in this way for an institutional building.