Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Rudd Chapel

Click on image titles for larger views.
Institution Name: Bryan College
Original/Historic Place Name: Rudd Memorial Chapel
Location on Campus: 485 Bryan Dr.
Date(s) of Construction:
1972construction of spire Hook, W. Wayne
1975-1976original construction Koerner, Uda H.
Designer: W. Wayne Hook; Uda H. Koerner
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Modern/post-WWII (Glossary)
Significance: culture, education, history, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: cement block and facing brick
Roof: metal (partly), tar and gravel, EPDM rubber covering
ca. 1976chapel (plus chapel auditorium)
1976-present (2006)other (storage)
1976-present (2006)theater (stage for dramatic productions)
1976-present (2006)other (music practice rooms for individuals and large groups, radio and recording studio)
1976-present (2006)library (music library)
1976-present (2006)faculty offices (fine arts)
1976-present (2006)auditorium (medium-sized)

This building was completed in 1976 as a tribute to Dr. Judson Rudd, third president of the college, who served in various capacities from 1931-1969. Situated symbolically at the entrance to the campus, this chapel auditorium and fine arts center with its free-standing spire and unique multiple cross silently greets all visitors and proclaims the primacy of the Christian liberal arts heart of the college and its motto of "Christ Above All." In recent years the chapel entrance arches and spire have been used as logos on almost all college publications denoting the significance of the spiritual dimension in the life of the college.

Although marked by the heavy use from large groups from the college, the community who attend chapel services several times a week, and the frequent concerts, plays, and other special programs, this multi-purpose building has been maintained well. Many notable individuals and groups from the realms of religion, politics, music, drama, literature, science, psychology, education, history, and philosophy have appeared on its stage. The power of truth and beauty in the arts have touched, enhanced, and transformed the lives of many who have attended sessions in this building, thus helping to fulfill the college's purpose "to educate students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today's world."


Archives and Special Collections. Bryan College Library and Bryan College Facilities Management Office, Bryan College, Dayton, TN.

Bryan, William Jennings. The Commoner. New York: Abbey Press, 1902.

Cornelius, R. M., and Tom Davis, ed. Impact: the Scopes Trial, William Jennings Bryan, and Issues that Keep Revolving. Dayton, TN: Bryan College, 2000.

Olson, LaDonna. Legacy of Faith: the Story of Bryan College. Dayton, TN: Bryan College, 1995.

Triangle, [n.d.]. Bryan College, Dayton, TN.

Traylor, Jack W. "William Jennings Bryan College: A Brief History." In The World's Most Famous Court Trial: Tennessee Evolution Case. Dayton, TN: Bryan College, 1990.


Contact us / About Site / About CIC
© 2006
Council of Independent Colleges
Washington, DC
All rights reserved
Last update: November 2006