Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Vaughn Chapel

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Institution Name: Ferrum College
Original/Historic Place Name: Vaughn Chapel
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction:
1968original construction Wright, Jones & Wilkerson Architects
Designer: Wright, Jones & Wilkerson Architects (Richmond, VA)
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Contemporary, Regionalist/Vernacular (Glossary)
Significance: education, history, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick
Roof: cedar
ca. 1968other (St. James congregation and Religious Education wing)
ca. 1968-present (2006)chapel
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (St. James congregation and Art Department)

Vaughn Chapel is a modern facility built in the shape of a fairy stone for which this area is known. This magnificent structure is used as the campus chapel and also serves as the regular meeting location for the Saint James congregation. A wing of the building houses the art department.

The chapel's image provides the background for the college logo, and it represents the College's continuing commitment to faith based education and its connection to the United Methodist Church.


Hurt, Frank Benjamin. A History of Ferrum College: An Uncommon Challenge 1914-1974. Roanoke, VA: Stone Printing Company, 1977.


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