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.
Bedford limestone and Harvard brick laid in Flemish bond. English Stuart Revival style influenced by the London churches of Sir Christopher Wren.
Arnold Brunner of Cleveland
What's Happening Here
Denison's Bluegrass Ensemble will heat up the stage at Swasey on Friday, Dec. 14.
The community is invited to take part in a production of Handel's Messiah.
Our annual Academic Awards Convocation honors both teaching and learning.
Denison University presents the 14th Annual Bluegrass Festival featuring Missy Raines and the New Hip and Volume Five.
Denison's acclaimed Vail Series announces its 2017-2018 season with Eroica Trio, Catherine Russell, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Eighth Blackbird.
Denison University's Academic Award Convocation celebrates students and faculty and highlights excellence in their work.
Denison University has honored Gary Baker, professor of modern languages, with the prestigious Charles A. Brickman Distinguished Leadership Chair.
The inaugural Bonar Family Mentorship and Teaching Excellence Award was awarded to Bob Ghiloni, assistant professor and Denison men’s basketball coach.
Rebecca Homan, Denison University associate professor of biology, has been honored with the 2017 Charles A. Brickman Teaching Excellence Award.
Denison and Granville-area veterans from World War II and the Korean conflict were honored at a special Veterans Day service at Swasey Chapel.
Dr. Banaji (Harvard University) will present her research on implicit biases and how they influence our perceptions of self and others.
Margot Austin '18 shares why Denison could be the school for you.