Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Christ the King Chapel

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Institution Name: St. Ambrose University
Original/Historic Place Name: Christ the King Chapel
Location on Campus: 518 W Locust St.
Date(s) of Construction:
1952original construction Schulte, Edward J.
Designer: Edward J. Schulte
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Modern/post-WWII (Glossary)
Significance: education, history, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick, stone
Roof: flat
ca. 1952-present (2006)chapel
ca. 2004-present (2006)academic department building (theology and philosophy)

When it was built in 1952, Christ the King Chapel was placed in the geographic center of the campus to make the point about the centrality of faith and worship to the mission of St. Ambrose University and the students' lives. The imposing tower, which is visible for many blocks in several directions, emphasizes this centrality. Finally, the choice of white brick on a campus of otherwise red brick buildings, makes the point yet again. Although it is no longer the geographic center of the campus, the building continues to serve as the chapel. Its lower level, originally filled with small, crypt altars for the celebration of Mass by the many priest faculty members, now houses offices for campus ministry and the faculty of the departments of theology and philosophy. In 1968 a seminary building was added to the east of the chapel with classrooms and faculty and student residences.


Farrell, Anthony G. Bees and Bur Oaks: 100 Years of St. Ambrose College. Davenport, IA: St. Ambrose College, 1982.


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