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Margarite Parker Chapel

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1966, O'Neil Ford and Bartlett Cocke

The most prominent buildings on campus are the Ruth Taylor Arts Complex, built in 1963–1965 around a central courtyard; the Ruth Huth Coates Library (1979) on a sloping site that has its main entrance on the third floor; the Murchison Tower (1964), perhaps Ford's work that is most influenced by the work of Finnish modernist Alvar Aalto; and this chapel, an enlargement of Ford's famous chapel near Denton, with its fine interior framed by a series of parabolic brick arches. The handsome wood and metal work of the chapel is by the architect's brother Lynn Ford, a master craftsman in both materials. Ford's work for the university made consistent use of a handsome orange “Trinity brick,” utilized to maximum effect on the Murchison Tower, which rises like a giant fluted pillar at the center of the site.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Margarite Parker Chapel", [San Antonio, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 178-178.

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