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Muhlenberg Awarded $900,000 Kresge Challenge Grant for Sports Center Project
   
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Egner Memorial Chapel Celebrates its 75th Birthday
   
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Place We Go, Places We Know
Egner Memorial Chapel Celebrates its 75th Birthday

By Elizabeth Einhorn ’05

Architecture
of Egner: 101

• Free and modern blend of gothic church styles

• Exterior of Chapel patterned after the English gothic style

• The walls are constructed of plymouth granite trimmed on the exterior with Indiana limestone and on the interior with pre-cast stone

• The woodwork is oak throughout

• The main altar of the chapel is made of tavernelle marble with the monogram, IHS, on its front

• The cross, candlesticks, missal stand and flower vases are in oak overlaid with gold leaf

 

Regardless of religious affiliation, Muhlenberg students, faculty, staff and community members of all faiths have utilized the Egner Memorial Chapel during their time on campus. Whether individuals go to the chapel as a place of worship or simply a haven of comfort, the Chapel has provided a location for thought and prayer since its dedication in 1931. As the Chapel approaches its 75th anniversary on campus, it continues to remain a physical and spiritual landmark for the Muhlenberg Community.

The construction for the building began two weeks prior to the stock market crash of 1929. While many other construction sites were left unfinished and neglected due to the economic turmoil at that time, the Egner Memorial Chapel was built and then dedicated in 1931. According to the current chaplain, Peter Bredlau, “there was the sense that they could have stopped the construction; people were in tough times. But, they persevered and continued to build what they believed in until its dedication two years later.” It is this spirit of faith and dedication to the Chapel that still exists on campus today.

The Chapel plays a major role in campus life. In addition to weekly worship services, highlighted events such as Opening Convocation and the Candlelight Carols are favorites among the community. Other vocal performances and choir concerts take place in the Chapel as well. As we approach the 75th anniversary dedication, members of the community both current and past will carry on the tradition of their dedication to the Chapel.

 

Egner Facts
and Figures:

• Exterior length of Chapel
is 194 feet

• Approximately 1460 weddings

• Approximately 71 baptisms

28 pews on each side

• Officially seats 430

• Aisle is 83 feet long

9 red doors

 

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