Swasey Chapel

Established
1924
Overview
The centerpiece of campus, Swasey Chapel was built in 1924 and is home to major academic events, speakers, and Vail Series concerts.
History & Architecture

Swasey Chapel was the first building in the ambitious “Greater Denison” plan of 1917 and honors Ambrose Swasey, a self-made man noted for his generosity of both time and money. Its chimes are a memorial to Swasey's wife, Lavinia Marston Swasey. Built in 1924, the chapel is in English Stuart Revival style influenced by the London churches of Sir Christopher Wren. Bedford limestone and Harvard brick laid in Flemish bond grace its exterior. The signature building of Denison's campus, it stands at the center of the campus.

When the thermal currents are favorable, “culture vultures,” better known to birders as turkey vultures, often perch on the steeple.

 
In 2013, the number of bells in Swasey Chapel was expanded. Now the student Bell Ringer’s Society has an even larger repertoire of classical, ecclesiastical, pop and show tunes to choose from when they play these lovely bells three times each weekday.
Building Style
Bedford limestone and Harvard brick laid in Flemish bond. English Stuart Revival style influenced by the London churches of Sir Christopher Wren.
Designer/Architect
Arnold Brunner of Cleveland

What's Happening Here

Sing the "Messiah"

The community is invited to take part in a production of Handel's Messiah.

14th Annual Bluegrass Festival

Denison University presents the 14th Annual Bluegrass Festival featuring Missy Raines and the New Hip and Volume Five.

veteran saluting the flag

Local veterans honored at Swasey Chapel

Denison and Granville-area veterans from World War II and the Korean conflict were honored at a special Veterans Day service at Swasey Chapel.

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