Theme #98 – Window

Looking out of Carnegie Museum at Heinz Chapel

And a little history:

The chapel was a gift of German-American Henry John Heinz, founder of the H.J. Heinz Company, who wanted to honor his mother, Anna Margaretta Heinz, with a building at the university. Upon his death in 1919, Heinz’s three surviving children (Howard, Irene, and Clifford) added to his bequest in order to memorialize their grandmother and honor their father. Their choice of a chapel for a memorial was guided by the concepts of education and religion which Anna Margaretta Heinz imbued in her children.

Howard Heinz, Chancellor John Gabbert Bowman, and Joh Weber, business manager and university secretary, were the driving energy behind the chapel’s concept and execution. Working with them were other members of the Heinz family, and two well-known clergymen, Dr. Hugh Thomson Kerr, pastor of Shadyside Presbyterian Church, and Dr. Henry Sloane Coffin, president of Union Theological Seminary.

Ground was broken in 1933 and the corner stone laid in 1934. At the chapel’s dedication on November 20, 1938 Howard Heinz spoke of the meaning of the memorial chapel:

“It is located in a community where my father was born and lived his life. It is on the campus of a university. As part of that university, it is dedicated to culture, and understanding response to beauty, and religious worship.”

“The chapel is designed as a fitting center of worship which in various ways will rise at the University. The character, intensity, the level of that worship may change from generation to generation. The spiritual tide in men rises and falls. Through these changes though, the Chapel will stand, calm and undisturbed.”

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1 Comment

  1. This is a lovely image.


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