Northwestern, Alice Millar Chapel
1870 Sheridan Rd.
Edward Gray Halstead, 1962
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, 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.