Wren Chapel

  • Address: Off Chapel Ct
  • Vicinity: Sir Christopher Wren Building
  • Type: Building
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

The Wren Chapel is an ecumenical chapel in the Wren Building at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Founded under an English royal charter during the colonial period, William and Mary students would have begun and ended each day with services in the chapel. Currently it is used for student worship services, music recitals, induction ceremonies and alumni weddings. Similar to many collegiate chapels in the United Kingdom, the chapel features native pine and walnut paneling and an English 18th-century chamber organ and an antique chandelier on loan to the College from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. - AsNotedIn

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1729/00/00 Henry Cary Architect Chapel in the Christopher Wren Building College of William and Mary in Williamsburg is built under the supervision of Henry Cary.
1737/03/07 Sir John Randolph Died John Randolph dies. He was (according to his own directions) carried from his House to the chapel of the Wren Building, by Six honest, industrious, poor-house-keepers of Breton Parish who divided 20 pounds for their services.
1859/00/00 After a fire guts the Wren Building in 1859, a physician examined the contents of Sir John Randolph's tomb in the damaged burial vaults and found the skeletons of two men. The identity of the second is a unknown.
1860/10/07 Miss Sallie Wright of Williamsburg marries Mottrom Dulany Ball of Fairfax County, Virginia.

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Particulars for Wren Chapel:
Area of Significance Architecture
Sight Category Building
Historic Use Chapel
Building Type Church
Historic Use Graves, burials
Musical Instrument Organ
Area of Significance Religion
Historic Use Religious Property
Private Event Wedding Venue

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