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Perkins School of Theology, Perkins Chapel

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1951, Mark Lemmon

As SMU’s consulting architect, Mark Lemmon designed most of the buildings along the west side of the campus in the early 1950s according to the Hare and Hare plan. With a variety of classical motifs, he maintained a balance of scale and materials that unified the campus without creating boring repetition. The commitment to Georgian Revival was the style’s use at Harvard and Yale universities during the 1930s. The Perkins Chapel is the centerpiece of a group of seven buildings, all by Lemmon, composed on a cross-axial site plan. The chapel sits on the axis of a small quadrangle formed between Birdwell Library (1951) and Kirby Hall (1949). A portico of four Ionic columns carries a pediment that repeats the slope of the chapel’s roof beyond, a close repetition of the geometry used by Andrea Palladio. Behind the portico, a brick cube supports the tall, slender tower.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Perkins School of Theology, Perkins Chapel", [Dallas, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 170-170.

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