Eaton Chapel, Beloit College - Beloit, WI
N 42° 30.215 W 089° 01.794
16T E 333217 N 4707687
Quick Description: Eaton Chapel was constructed in 1891. It is located on the Beloit College campus in Beloit, WI.
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 10/25/2007 6:01:11 AM
Waymark Code: WM2FEP
From the Beloit Archives web site:
"The laying of the cornerstone of the Chapel took place in April 1891. In January 1892, a new, Romanesque, cut limestone chapel, designed by Patton and Fisher of Chicago, was dedicated. It was not officially named "Eaton Chapel," however, until 1930, when College officials decided that President Eaton should be recognized for his keen and continuing interest in preserving the Chapel.
Mason, who is now writing a sesquicentennial history of Beloit College, describes the Chapel as having, "an Old World charm." Especially beautiful, he said, were the ceiling panels added in 1937. The panels, designed by Chicagoan Nickolai Kaisarhoff, dramatically depicted Bible scenes in vivid color.
Students relied on the Chapel as a town meeting hall of sorts. Robert Irrmann, former archivist and emeritus professor of history, describes the Chapel as an integral factor on campus. "It was the thing that brought the entire student body together as one."
Published in the Beloit Magazine/March 1992. By Elaine Barreca
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