UMass Amherst Old Chapel Transformed into Vibrant Community Center

Ribbon-cutting March 23, 2 P.M.

BOSTON--()--Finegold Alexander Architects proudly announces the completion and official re-opening of the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Old Chapel, which will be marked with a ribbon cutting on March 23, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the historic center of campus.

“We are pleased to have been part of this landmark project.”

The iconic Old Chapel first opened in 1885 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The building closed in 1999 due to code and accessibility requirements. Today, the Old Chapel has emerged following a two-year, $21 million renovation as a vibrant community space for student gatherings, exhibits and events. The project is targeted for LEED Gold certification.

“The historic preservation/renovation of the UMass Amherst Old Chapel allows the iconic building to remain central to the beauty of the campus while serving several new uses,” said Regan Shields Ives, principal, Finegold Alexander Architects. “We are pleased to have been part of this landmark project.”

“Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, during his first visit to UMass Amherst, envisioned a restored Old Chapel as an inspiring and dynamic space for all who live, work and visit at our flagship campus,” said Ed Blaguszewski, executive director, strategic communications, UMass Amherst. “Finegold Alexander and the team have done an extraordinary job in restoring this jewel.”

The first floor provides a flexible layout for social gatherings, study and events. The top floor Great Hall provides a large open space for lectures, seminars, performances, banquets, weddings and private events. The restoration added a contemporary glass-entry addition, and an interactive display wall.

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About UMass Amherst

The University of Massachusetts Amherst, founded in 1863, is the flagship of the five-campus UMass system. Home to the Commonwealth Honors College, UMass Amherst incorporates modern teaching methods involving new communication and information technology, yet remains an immersive, residential campus serving more than 22,000 undergraduate and approximately 6,300 graduate students across a comprehensive array of academic programs.


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UMASS Old Chapel Re-Opens after $21MM Restoration as Student Center, Designed by Finegold Alexander Architects

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