Great Architects of New York: Henry J. Hardenbergh
Rutgers University's Kirkpatrick Chapel
Address
81 Somerset Street
New Brunswick, N.J. 08901
Location
Rutgers University's Old Queen's Campus, east of Old Queen's Hall.
Built
1873
Use
Chapel
AIA Guide
N/A
Landmark Status
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the New Jersey Register of Historic Places in 1973.
Web Resources
Chapel Homepage
Rutgers' Chapel History

This picturesque hilltop chapel is the third of three projects Hardenberg completed for Rutgers University. A plaque on the wall reads: "Kirkpatrick Chapel, designed by Henry Janeway Hardenbergh (great-great-grandson of the first president of Rutgers, also the architect of Geology Hall), was built as a chapel and library. The library was removed in 1903, thus increasing the seating capacity of the Chapel from 300 to 600 persons. The Chapel is named for Sophia Astley Kirkpatrick, whose bequest financed the building. The interior walls have traditionally displayed portraits of the presidents and other prominent leaders of Rutgers." The plaque explains the stonework above the entrance, but not the figures of the years, written in stone on the side of the building.

View from the southeast.


View from the northeast.

Detail from the south facade.


Detail from the east facade.