Swasey Chapel

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Established 
1924

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.
Designer/Architect 
Arnold Brunner of Cleveland
Building Style 
Bedford limestone and Harvard brick laid in Flemish bond. English Stuart Revival style influenced by the London churches of Sir Christopher Wren.