Divinity School Dedicates Restored Steeple

The scaffolding that covered the front of Marquand Chapel has been removed – after three long years – revealing a steeple restored to its original splendor. Yale Divinity School will celebrate the successful completion of the steeple project on Friday, March 6, 9:30 a.m. with a worship service in the Chapel followed by an academic processional and outdoor ceremony on the grassy quadrangle. Afterward, there will be a reception in the Divinity School Common Room. Yale Divinity School is located int he Sterling Quadrangle, 409 Prospect St.

“This splendid restoration returns the steeple to its 1932 condition. For the first time in many years we can see the achievement of the original architects, Delano and Aldrich,” said Richard Wood, dean of the Yale Divinity School. “The restoration will set a standard for the reconstruction of the Sterling Quadrangle, which will begin this summer.”

William Franklin, dean of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale; Margot Fassler, director of the Institute of Sacred Music; and Paul Stuehrenberg, Divinity School librarian, will offer prayers at the outdoor ceremony.

Restoration of the Marquand Chapel steeple cost approximately $1 million. The steeple stands about 100 feet tall, topped by a domed lantern and a cross, both covered in gold leaf. Its working clock, with three faces, is controlled by a mechanism built by Seth Thomas Co. of Thomaston, Conn. The steeple houses a bell that tolls the hours. Restoration was carried out by the Dahill Construction Co. under the direction of the firm of R.M. Kliment and Frances Halsband Architects.

The chapel, completed in 1932, is named in honor of Frederick Marquand of New York, donor of the original chapel, which stood from 1871-1931, when it was replaced by the building which anchors the current Sterling Divinity Quadrangle. Designed by Delano and Aldrich in the Georgian Colonial style, it reflects the tradition of 18th century New England.

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