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Northwestern University, Alice Millar Chapel

Address

1870 Sheridan Rd.

Neighborhood

Evanston

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: Closed

Sun, Oct 16: 1pm - 5pm

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

Edward Gray Halstead, 1962

Description

Built just over 50 years ago, Alice Millar Chapel is relatively young. Its design marries a simplified Neo-Gothic form with stained glass that is unabashedly Modern. The 700-seat sanctuary has little ornament to distract from the bold, colorful abstract stained-glass windows that flood the sanctuary with an ever-changing light. The entire chancel wall is covered, floor-to-ceiling, in this glass—a most unusual backdrop that highlights the uniqueness of the space. The windows are the work of Belgian-born designer Benoit Gilsoul. They were fabricated by the noted Willet Studios of Philadelphia. Vail Chapel is a smaller space linked by a colonnade to the east. It is a much more traditional sanctuary with intricate representational stained glass.

Behind the Scenes

Bathe in the multi-colored light of the chapel's unique Modern stained-glass windows, then see the connected Vail Chapel.