Duke Chapel

401 Chapel Drive
Durham, NC 27708


Built between 1930 and 1935 in the neo-Gothic English style, Duke Chapel was the first building planned for the new West Campus, but the last to be completed. This iconic building features a 210-foot tower, a 50-bell carillon, 77 stained glass windows, three pipe organs, and wooden pew and chair seating for 1,600 people. Its chief designer was African American architect Julian F. Abele, who also led the design of West Campus. A wheelchair-accessible entrance is available at the rear of the Duke Chapel on the north side of the building, and accessible seating is available in the north transept. Duke Chapel hosts many of Duke Performances’ large choral concerts; the acoustics in the transepts and the crossing are particularly excellent. Patrons may wish to bring a cushion for pew seating.

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