Duke University Chapel

Saturday, 7 September 2013

James and I went to Durham for my friends Casey and Ryan's engagement party. We had such a nice weekend and spent Saturday morning touring Duke University Chapel and the Duke Gardens. The weather was lovely in the morning before it got too hot. 

The architectural style of the chapel is inspired by English Gothic and represents one of the last great collegiate Gothic projects in this country. The architect of the chapel was Horace Trumbauer of Philadelphia. The chief designer was Julian Abele, a renowned African-American architect from Pennsylvania. 

There are 77 stained-glass windows and the ornamental lead-and-gold symbols in the doors were designed and made by G. Own Bonawit, Inc., of New York, along with designer S. Charles Jaekle and craftsman Hugh Doherty. 

The chapel is constructed of stone from the Duke Quarry near Hillsborough, North Carolina, located about 12 miles west of Durham. 

We went into the chapel when no one else was there. It was quiet and peaceful and enjoyable to just sit and look at the stained glass (Old and New Testament story scenes). The Memorial Chapel is also impressive with limewood figures of St. Paul, Jesus and St. Peter.

1 comment

SQRT said...

gorgeous. absolutely breathtaking.