Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Martin Luther King International Chapel

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Institution Name: Morehouse College
Original/Historic Place Name: Martin Luther King International Chapel
Location on Campus: 830 Westview Dr.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1978original construction Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick; pre-cast concrete; glass
Roof: flat composite
1978-present (2007)theater
1978-present (2007)auditorium
1978-present (2007)chapel

Significance: architecture, culture, education, history, religion
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Built in 1978 and named for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Chapel has a seating capacity of 2500 and is used for convocations, religious services, and artistic performances. Etched into the marble lobby walls are excerpts of speeches of the late Dr. King. On the plaza in front of the building is a life-size bronze statue of Dr. King that sits on a pedestal also etched with excerpts from Dr. King.

At the West end of the plaza is the Howard Thurman Memorial, which includes an obelisk shaped carrel, a fountain, and quotes of Dr. Thurman etched into the surrounding walk. This chapel serves as the house of spiritual development of Morehouse men. As an auditorium, it serves the cultural needs of the surrounding community as well as the college community. Many prominent speakers and performers regularly grace its stage.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Bacote, Clarence A. The Story of Atlanta University, A Century of Service, 1865-1965. Atlanta, GA: Atlanta University, 1969.

Campus Master Plan, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, 2002.

Carter, Edward R. The Black Side; A Partial History of the Business, Religious, and Educational Side of the Negro in Atlanta, Ga. Atlanta, GA, 1894.

Jones, Edward A. A Candle in the Dark, A History of Morehouse College. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1967.

II. Location of other data:
University: Library, Facilities Management Office

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