Chicago Landmarks

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

Woodlwan Ave. and 59th St. elevations     Address: 1156-1180 E. 59th St.
Year Built: 1925 - 1928
Architect: Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor, Associates
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: November 3, 2004

This chapel for the University of Chicago, located in the south-side Hyde Park neighborhood, is a visual landmark along the Midway Plaisance, the broad greensward connecting Jackson and Washington Parks. It was built to house university convocations and ceremonies and is named for its benefactor, John D. Rockefeller, Sr., a renowned industrialist and philanthropist who donated more than $34 million to found and endow the University. The Chapel is an outstanding example of the Late Gothic Revival architectural style, widely used for ecclesiastical and educational buildings in early 20th-century America. It was designed by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, one of the United States' most prolific ecclesiastical architects during the early twentieth century.

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