Johnson Chapel

Johnson Chapel is named for Adam Johnson of Pelham, whose $4,000 willed to the young college helped fund its construction. Work was begun in 1826, and the chapel was dedicated February 28, 1827. A year later it was named Johnson Chapel by the Board of Trustees of the College (King, 21).

As just the fourth College building, after South College, the first President's House, and North College, Johnson Chapel held not only a chapel, but also a museum, a library, a laboratory, and recitation rooms.

Renovations were made to the building in 1863 as well as in the 1920s, and in 1933, the orientation of the building was reversed with the addition of a forty foot section to what is now the "front" of the building, facing east onto the Freshman Quad.

Johnson Chapel is perhaps the best-known of all of Amherst's buildings, standing at the center of College Row and visible for miles around. While no longer used solely as a Chapel, the building serves a number of important functions at Amherst, as a performance space, classroom, and site for all-campus events.

  Inside Johnson Chapel after the 1933 renovations, with the new addition and new organ installed.

View these other Amherstiana items featuring Johnson Chapel:

High Times at Pratt Field Postcard
From North-East Stereoview
College Row Stereoview
College Row Stereoview II
South College and Johnson Chapel Stereoview
North College and Johnson Chapel Stereoview
College Photo
1897 Ball Team Photo
From College Tower, Amherst, Looking N.W. Stereoview
From College Tower, Amherst, Looking W.N.W. Stereoview
View of Amherst Stereoview
1891 Class Day Program
College Row Engraving
College Ashtray
New Year 1933
Campus Dreams Waltz
To the Fairest College LP
The G. H. Driver Collection: Olio Poster
The R. T. B. Hand Collection: Class Photo
The G. L. Nichols Collection: Johnson Chapel (lower right)
College Row Tobacco Leather
College Row Gold Tobacco Leather
College Row Gold Tobacco Leather
The Gift of Amherst's Sons
A Simple Statement of the Needs
This is Amherst, 1951
Freshman Quad 360° Panorama
Johnson Chapel, Homecoming 1999

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