Monday, November 3, 2014

Seats Still Available: The Little Chapel in the Woods Turns 75

A charming piece of TWU history on the Denton campus is observing its 75th birthday, and good seats are still available for those who wish to join the celebration.

Although the official deadline to RSVP has passed for the 10:30 a.m. ceremony on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 commemorating the construction of the Little Chapel in the Woods, good seats, though limited, are still available (RSVP to 940-898-3516 or  A reception will follow in the living room area on the first floor of the Blagg-Huey Library, within walking distance of the chapel.

Built in 1938 and 1939, the Little Chapel in the Woods, designed by architect O'Neil Ford, is a nondenominational sanctuary for meditation, informal worship, recitals and weddings. 

Dedication of the New Little Chapel  First 
Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (L) is introduced at the 
dedication of the Little Chapel in the Woods by 
Mary Kay Jones, Student Body President, Class 
of 1940.  November 1, 1939.  Photograph by Mary 
Louise Burchett Brown, Class of 1940, courtesy of 
the University Archives.  
The Little Chapel in the Library  Little Chapel-in-
the-Woods, a quilt donated in 2007 to the TWU Librar-
ies by Billie Margaret Shewell Hubbard, TWU Class of 
1985, on permanent display in the living room area of 
the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU.  
The living room area will be the site of a reception fol-
lowing a ceremony on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 
celebrating the 75th anniversary of the chapel's con-
struction.  Photograph by Sean Spear. 
Well known at TWU for its craftsmanship and bucolic setting, the chapel is also an impressive example of artistic collaboration. Built by master artisans who supervised 80 boys from Denton County in the stone, brick and carpentry work, the chapel also served as a huge 'art project' for 300 art students supervised by Dorothy LaSelle, associate professor of art at TSCW (Texas State College for Women, now Texas Woman's University.)  These students collaborated on the design and execution of the chapel's artwork, from the stained glass windows to the painting and woodwork.  They painted beams, designed and installed windows, carved designs into the wooden pews and much more.  Photographs of the chapel under construction, and its artwork in progress, can be found in the University Archives Digital Archive.  For assistance with the University Archives or other special collections please contact the Woman's Collection of the TWU Libraries at 940-898-3751 or Ask an Archivist.  

We hope you will join your TWU friends and colleagues on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Little Chapel in the Woods, an enduring symbol of Texas Woman's University.     

~Sandy Cochran

No comments:

Post a Comment