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Colton Chapel

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1916, Carrère and Hastings
  • (© George E. Thomas)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

Together with Kirby Hall ( NO12.3), Colton Chapel gives Lafayette's campus its monumental civic character. It was designed by the architects of New York City's public library, who here turned from their characteristic French models to English sources, and the Baroque of Christopher Wren. The oval plan and compact tower are noteworthy, as was the interior with its carved oak pulpit and Tiffany stained glass—lost, alas, to a 1965 fire. The replacement windows, mottled brown and clear panes, are banal beyond words.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Colton Chapel", [Easton, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 268-268.

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