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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.”