Old Chapel (Amherst, Massachusetts)
View of Old Chapel, with the W.E.B. Du Bois Library to the right
Location of Old Chapel within Massachusetts
|Architect||Stephen C. Earle, Worcester|
|Architectural style||Richardsonian Romanesque|
|NRHP reference #||91001100|
|Added to NRHP||May 11, 2015|
Old Chapel was originally constructed in Richardson Romanesque-style between 1884 and 1887 at a cost of $25 thousand (equivalent to $666 thousand in today's dollars), to serve as a library, museum, and assembly hall. The building was designed by Worcester architect Stephen C. Earle, and is a roughly square stone structure with a tower at its southeast corner. It is made primarily of granite, with sandstone trim and a slate roof. The tower features an open belfry with rounded arches, above which are gabled peaks with clock faces, and a diagonally set four-sided steeple at the top.
The chapel's original bell, "Old Aggie," was added in 1892, but has since been replaced by 44 carillon bells. Although the tower underwent a $1.65 million renovation in 1999, Old Chapel has been uninhabited since 1996, when the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band moved out due to unsafe conditions within the structure. Since then, a movement amongst alumni was created to further renovate the interior of the building so that the structure could be used again.
Restoration of Old Chapel began in 2015 after a 2013 campaign by Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy to restore and repurpose the interior of the structure. This included a nomination by Preserve UMass to place the structure on the National Register of Historic Places, which occurred on May 11, 2015.
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