Muhlenberg College - Ciarla Yearbook (Allentown, PA)

 - Class of 1931

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Muhlenberg College - Ciarla Yearbook (Allentown, PA) online yearbook collection, 1931 Edition, Page 15
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Zllbz C!Egner:I!9art5eII :Memorial Qllbapel HERE has been felt for some time a growing need of a place of worship befitting this institution of the Lutheran Church. For many years the small east hall of the present administration building has served as a chapel. Because of limited capacity, prohibiting the assembling of the entire student body, each class has had a day assigned for its chapel observance, which arrangement has always been regarded by the faculty and student body as an unfortunate disadvantage to the moral and spiritual welfare of the student. Through the generosity of the late Mrs. Annie Egner Hartzell, the Egner-Hartzell Memorial chapel proves to be the realization of the hopes and prayers of all interested in the development of the Greater Muhlenberg. Now, a sanctuary, sacred to the worship of God, has its place on the campus. The Egner-Hartzell Memorial chapel is of pure Gothic architecture. Building operations began in the summer of the year l929 on the south campus and its completion is expected about August of the year l930. It is estimated that the structure will cost approximately iiS300,000. The architects are Frank R. Watson, Edkins 8: Thompson, of Philadelphia, with Ruhe gl Lange, of Allentown, as associate architects, and H. john Homan 8: Company, of Philadelphia, contractors. The exterior is entirely of Plymouth granite trimmed with Indiana limestone. Precast stone and plaster furnish beauty and smoothness in the arches and walls of the interior. The building is l95 feet in length, 53 feet in width at the front, about 76 feet wide at the back, and 72 feet high at the peak of the roof. Built in cruciform, the chapel contains a main vestibule, a central nave and side aisles lighted by a clerestory, a choir in the transept, a sanctuary with the altar at the east, a choir room, sacristy, and an ante-room. Graceful, pointed arches support a lofty, ribbed ceiling where stone and wood mingle in a delightful harmony of strength and beauty. Massive arches on either side of the nave support the clerestory with its rows of tall, slender, Gothic windows. Pews, to accommodate 700 people, rest on a hardwood floor, while slate forms the floors of the aisles and vestibules. To the south of the choir is the organ console with organ galleries high above the floor on either side of the transept. An abundance of light is supplied through the large west window above the main vestibule, the clerestory, and the east window above the altar. Gwing to the absence of Dr. Haas, the cornerstone was laid by the Rev. Ernest Pfatteicher, D. D., President of the Lutheran Ministerium of Pennsylvania, assisted by Reuben Butz, Esq., President of the Board of Trustees of Muhlenberg College. The ceremony took place on Saturday. October IZ, l929, with Dr. Robert C. Horn officiating as acting president. Placed in the cornerstone were the following articles: Holy Bible, common service book of the Lutheran Church, minutes of the Ministerium of Pennsylvania, minutes of the United Lutheran Church, The Lutheran, Year Book of the United Lutheran Church of America, catalogue of Muli- lenberg College, catalogue of the school of education and alumni directory. Muhlenberg Weekly. copy of the plans of Mulilenberg College. Presidents annual message to the board of trustees. treasurer's statement. names of architects and associate architects. names of contractors and sub-con- tractors. officers of the college auxiliary. copies of the Chronicle and News. Nlorning Call, Leader. program of College Day. copy of the i930 CI..xR1.,x. Lincoln one-cent piece and an Edison two-cent stamp. Nlemorial gifts by alumni and friends will. in the course of-time. com- plete the edifice, a realization of the fondest dream in the entire building program of the President. john A. Xi . Haas.

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