Knowles Memorial Chapel
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Knowles Memorial Chapel was designed by Ralph Adams Cram, architect of New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the U.S. Military Academy chapel, and Princeton University's first campus plan. Of the more than 75 churches and cathedrals he designed, Knowles Chapel was Cram's favorite ("I like to refer to is as MY church," he said), and he attended services there on his trips to Winter Park.
The Chapel and the neighboring Annie Russell Theatre were constructed in tandem and celebrated a joint dedication. The buildings share a garden and are connected by a tiled loggia, typical of the Spanish Mediterranean architecture that characterizes the Rollins campus.
The Chapel is also noted for its Aeolian-Skinner/Randall Dyer organ (renovated and rededicated in 2002), Rose Window by Wilbur Herbert Burnham, and hand-painted timbered ceiling. The Founders' Bell, which sounded from the Congregational Church in 1885 to announce that Winter Park had been selected as the site of Florida's first college, was placed in the Chapel tower in 1956.
The Chapel has been the home of the Winter Park Bach Festival, the nation's fourth oldest, since 1936.