Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Chapel of the Abiding Presence--Weinert Memorial

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Institution Name: Texas Lutheran University
Original/Historic Place Name: Chapel of the Abiding Presence--Weinert Memorial
Location on Campus: center of campus
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1954original construction Steinbomer, Henry
1969interior destruction by fire Unknown
1969-1971rebuilt after fire Sovik, Ed A.
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: stone; concrete
Walls: stone
Roof: slate
ca. 1954-present (2007)chapel (worship and fine arts performance facility)

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

A chapel on the campus became a special project of alumni in the 1940's. In 1952, the Weinert family announced a $100,000 gift that enabled its construction to begin. Built of Austin limestone and featuring a large tracker-action organ, the 500 seat facility was dedicated in 1954.

A fire in 1969 did damage to the interior and destroyed the organ. The interior was revised under the direction of architect Ed. A. Sovik and the organ was rebuilt by the Schickler Organ Company. The facility was rededicated in 1971 and continues to be the center of campus religious life and the architectural focal point of the west side of Seguin.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Wiederaenders, Arthur G. Coming of Age: A History of Texas Lutheran University. San Antonio, TX: P. Anderson, 1978.

II. Location of other data:

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