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Rockefeller Chapel

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1925–1928, Bertram G. Goodhue. 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave.
  • (Photograph by James Peters)
  • (Photograph by James Peters)
  • Tower detail (Photograph by James Peters)
  • Ornamental detail (Photograph by James Peters)

Rockefeller Chapel was built on the block east of the University of Chicago quadrangles in 1925–1928 and represents benefactor John D. Rockefeller’s last gift to the university. Goodhue’s chapel design marks an original interpretation of the Gothic Revival style, a blend of both medieval and modern features. The structure features a 207-foot tower, which is set above the northeast transept. The five bays are filled with pastel-colored stained glass windows. Lee Lawrie was responsible for the lavish sculptural program and the vaulted ceiling tiles are by Hildreth Meière, both of whom had worked with Goodhue on the Nebraska Capitol (NE-01-109-0034).


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Writing Credits

James E. Peters
Jean A. Follett
Elizabeth A. Milnarik
James E. Peters



  • 1925


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James E. Peters, "Rockefeller Chapel", [Chicago, Illinois], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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