White Elephants on Campus: The Decline of the University Chapel in America, 1920-1960

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White Elephants on Campus: The Decline of the University Chapel in America, 1920-1960

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In White Elephants on Campus: The Decline of the University Chapel in America, 1920-1960, Margaret M. Grubiak persuasively argues, through a careful selection of case studies, that the evolution of the architecture of new churches and chapels built on campuses reveals the shifting and declining role of religion within the mission of the modern American university. According to Grubiak, during the first half of the twentieth century, university leaders tended to view architecture as a means of retaining religion within an increasingly scientific and secular university. Initially, the construction of large-scale chapels was meant to advertise religion s continued importance to the university mission. Lavish neo-Gothic chapels at historically Protestant schools, although counter to traditional Protestant imagery, were justified as an appeal to students emotions. New cathedral-style libraries and classroom buildings also re-imagined a place for religion on campuses no longer tied to