Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project

 

 
Chapel of the Abiding Presence - Weinert Memorial

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Institution Name: Texas Lutheran University
Original/Historic Place Name: Chapel of the Abiding Presence - Weinert Memorial
Location on Campus: center of campus
Date(s) of Construction:
1954original construction Steinbomer, Henry
1969fire destroyed interior; rebuilt Sovik, Ed A.
Designer: Henry Steinbomer
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Modern/post-WWII (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Materials:
Foundation: stone and concrete
Walls: stone
Roof: slate
 
Function:
ca. 1954-present (2006)chapel (worship and fine arts performance facility)
 

Narrative:
A chapel on the campus became a special project of alumni in the 1940's. In 1952, the Weinert family announced a $100,000 gift that enabled its construction to begin. Built of Austin limestone and featuring a large tracker-action organ, the 500 seat facility was dedicated in 1954.

A fire in 1969 did damage to the interior and destroyed the organ. The interior was revised under the direction of architect Ed. A. Sovik and the organ was rebuilt by the Schickler Organ Company. The facility was rededicated in 1971 and continues to be the center of campus religious life and the architectural focal point of the west side of Seguin.
 

References:

Wiederaenders, Arthur G. Coming of Age: A History of Texas Lutheran University. San Antonio, TX: P. Anderson, 1978.

 

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