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A peaceful refuge for all

February 28, 2011

Question:

Is that small chapel near the Oval open to any religion? Looks like such a nice place to find some peace.

Cam’s answer:

Yes to both, my good friend. The Danforth Chapel on the northwest side of the Oval is open to everybody for ecumenical services, weddings, and meditation. It’s such a peaceful place, I can’t help visiting often myself. Even grazing under the walnut trees surrounding the chapel is a comfort.

The non-denominational chapel at 701 Oval Drive is open to the public from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays except during special events or University holidays. Events can be scheduled by calling (970) 491-0108 or 491-0056.

One of our cherished places

The chapel was designed by architect James Hunter to embrace an environment of spiritual reflection for all faiths and built in 1953-54 for $60,000.

And pardon me while I gush again: it’s a graceful and aesthetically warm building with copper doors, stained glass, black walnut pews, marble altar, and grid of redwood muntins. Outside, a small garth, or walled enclosure, on two sides of the building creates a secluded space for meditation.

Architect's ashes entombed in wall

“It’s unlike any other building on campus,” says Fred Haberecht, landscape architect at CSU. “It’s small but solid, an intimate presence that draws you in and makes you feel welcome. A lot of heart went into designing Danforth.”

In fact, James Hunter, Danforth’s architect, was so attached to his creation that his ashes are entombed in a niche in the building’s wall. He chose this place of power as his permanent resting place.

Here’s to refuge and peace,

Cam the Ram