Dahlgren Chapel at Georgetown University
Province of New England, Society of Jesus
Dahlgren Chapel, the ninth building on campus, was dedicated in 1893. Elizabeth Drexel and John Vinton Dahlgren (A.B. 1889, LL.B. 1891) had originally proposed that a small mortuary chapel be build as a memorial to their infant son, Joseph Drexel Dahlgren, who died in 1891. However, Georgetown President J. Havens Richards, S.J., had a grander vision, suggesting a larger chapel capable of serving the whole university community which the Dahlgrens agreed to fund. The Chapel was the first building on campus named after a non-Jesuit and also the first to be funded exclusively by outside gifts.
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