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About Chapel House

Chapel House is a place for seeking deeper religious insight by people of all faiths, and by those who acknowledge no religious faith.
Chapel House covered in a fresh snow


In 1959, Chapel House was built on the Colgate campus with a gift from a donor who asked that her identity never be revealed.

Vision Statement

Chapel House has released a vision statement following a systematic review of comments, letters, e-mails, and feedback from several fora. The vision statement will guide the future of Chapel House.



Chapel House belongs to and is administered by Colgate University. It operates on endowment funds, which must cover expenses without requiring any help from other university funds.

Additional gifts toward its programs are welcome, but they must be anonymous, in keeping with the pattern set by the original donor.


Chapel House opened its doors in 1959. The space was designed by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, and is an example of late international-style modernism.