Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel and Gardens

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Institution Name: Oklahoma City University
Original/Historic Place Name: Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel
Location on Campus: (south central) 2501 N. Blackwelder Ave.
Date(s) of Construction:
1968original construction Belluschi, Pietro
Designer: Pietro Belluschi
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Modern/post-WWII (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, history, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: reinforced concrete
Walls: masonry
Roof: slate
ca. 1968-present (2006)chapel

The Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel honors a 25-year leader of Oklahoma Methodism, housing a memorability room that displays many of his awards and gifts. Four German stained glass windows in the sanctuary represent the seasons of the year, and a 70-rank Holtkamp organ graces the sanctuary. The chapel still functions as a chapel that services the campus community and is an integral part of the school of religion. The scene of many weddings and ceremonies, the lower level of the chapel has a large reception room, offices, classrooms, and lounges. Offices, choir rooms, and two smaller chapels join the sanctuary on the main floor.

Outdoors, two gardens line the north and south vistas of the lower level, containing Chinese pistache, pines, crepe myrtles, and annuals.


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