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Packer Chapel (Packer Memorial Church)
After the death of Asa Packer in 1879, his daughter Mary Packer Cummings gave the university a chapel in his name. A High Victorian Gothic design by Quaker architect Hutton, it is built of gray rubble with yellow sandstone trim, has a Latin cross plan with heavily buttressed transepts, polygonal apse, and a tough corner tower rising to a stone spire. The chapel was initially consecrated as an Episcopal church, but as the town's Episcopal Cathedral Church of the Holy Nativity (
NO36) was nearby in Fountain Hill, it was changed to a nondenominational chapel. At the time of its construction, the university's chaplain, the Reverend Elwood Worcester, praised it as “one of the most beautiful collegiate churches in America … in spite of its windows,” adding
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