Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Elizabeth Evans Baker Peace Chapel

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Institution Name: Juniata College
Original/Historic Place Name: Elizabeth Evans Baker Peace Chapel
Location on Campus: Peace Chapel Dr.
Date(s) of Construction:
1989original construction Lin, Maya
Designer: Maya Lin
Type of Place: Landscape site
Style: (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, landscape
Narrative: see below
References: see below
1989-present (2006)outdoor space (personal meditative site and place for group gatherings)

The Elizabeth Evans Baker Peace Chapel provides a unique atmosphere conducive to creativity and contemplation. It is used for campus and community worship as well as other activities. Over the years, there have been classes held at the Peace Chapel as well as poetry readings and community gatherings.

The Peace Chapel is an environmental landscape site designed by architect Maya Lin. It occupies a 14-acre site within the 170-acre Baker-Henry Nature Preserve. Located near the Juniata College campus, the Peace Chapel provides a contemplative setting within the rolling hills of central Pennsylvania. Lin's design complements the surrounding environments in which they are built, and the Peace Chapel reflects the artist's sensitivity to the landscape.

The Peace Chapel was created through the generous support of Elizabeth Evans Baker and John Calhoun Baker (Juniata Class of 1917). Other works by Maya Lin include The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C., the Civil Rights Memorial, Montgomery, Alabama, and the Women's Table, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

The Peace Chapel is open daily from dawn to dusk .


"Elizabeth Evans Baker Peace Chapel." 1989. Archives, Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA.

Kaylor, Earl. Juniata College: Uncommon Vision, Uncommon Loyalty. Huntingdon, PA: Juniata College Press, 2001.


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