Renovations are bringing the iconic Old Chapel back to life. Built in 1885, the granite and brownstone structure has served as a library, classroom building, auditorium, the home of the Minuteman Marching Band, and as a central gathering spot for campus.
A photo of a crowd in front of Old Chapel from 1915 became the university's most engaging post on Instagram. The building has been shuttered since 1996 when it was deemed unsafe.
UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy declared the restoration of Old Chapel a campus priority in 2013. In 2015, Old Chapel was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The federal designation signifies national recognition of the building's historic and architectural significance.
The total cost of the renovation project is $21 million with $2.5 million to be raised through private gifts from alumni and friends.