Construction of The Building

Construction was begun with the breaking of ground on Easter afternoon, April 21, 1962. In preparing the site, five houses were removed from the ground, including the former residence of the late Dr. William H. Parkes, who deeded his residence to the university some years before and at that time expressed his hope that one day that location would serve as the place upon which a university chapel could be constructed.

The buildings were designed by Edward Grey Halstead, senior partner in the firm of Jensen and Halstead, Architects and Engineers, Chicago. The contractor was the Gerhardt F. Meyne Company of Chicago.

The Jeanne Vail Meditation Chapel, dedicated to the memory of the daughter of Mrs. Foster McGaw, has a seating capacity of 125 and is used for private meditation, worship services and weddings.

Parkes Hall contains the offices of the university chaplains and the chapel staff and has a lecture-social hall, kitchen, Sunday School room, and classrooms.

Alice Millar Chapel

The chapel has a seating capacity of just over 700 on the main floor of the nave. The style of the building is contemporary Gothic, providing a blend of the traditional and modern. The exterior is an adaptation of Gothic architecture. However, the interior is, in many ways, contemporary. The undulating side walls, the design of the Holy Table, the chandeliers, and the design of the pews reflect a contemporary style. In addition, the stained glass windows are clearly of a contemporary design.