Ceremony Marks Reopening of UMass Amherst’s Old Chapel Following Renovation


DATE: Thursday, March 23

TIME: 2 p.m.

LOCATION: Old Chapel, 144 Hicks Way, UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy will lead the celebration marking the recently completed two-year, $21 million renovation of Old Chapel, the iconic building that has stood at the heart of campus since 1885.

Media are welcome to tour the building.

Also speaking will be Victor Woolridge, UMass trustee and chair of the University of Massachusetts Building Authority, and Philip W. Johnston, UMass trustee and vice chair of the building authority.

After being closed since the 1990s, the renovated chapel provides a large open space on its top floor for performances and lectures. The first floor provides a flexible layout for displays and events and serves as a general campus resource.

Built of Pelham granite and Longmeadow sandstone, the building was planned to house a natural history collection, a library and reading room, and a chapel for lectures and religious services.

Is it now on the National Register of Historic Places.

A reception will follow the ribbon cutting.

Complimentary parking is available in the Campus Center Garage.