The Memorial Church, constructed in 1932 as a World War I memorial, sits at the North side of the “new” yard in Harvard Yard. Its southern façade serves as the backdrop for commencement; its elegant spire contains the bells that signal the beginning and end of course lectures.
In 1981, this was Finegold Alexander’s first of now many projects for Harvard. The scope of the work included sensitive upgrades in lighting to the sanctuary, construction of an accessible entry, and replanning the entire ground level for offices for the church ministry and administration, offices for the several chaplaincies, choir practice rooms, church school space, reception area, and flexible spaces for meetings, counseling and seminars.
Later, the firm designed additional renovations including roof replacement, exterior wall, window, stairs and platform reconstruction and upgrades to life/safety systems.
In 2010, a faithful restoration of the chapel was completed together with reconfiguration of the gallery to accommodate the relocation of the choir and the installation of a new tracker organ.
36,000 sq. ft.
Completed in 2011
2011 Preservation Massachusetts Paul E. Tsongas Award
2011 National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association Gates/Doors - Forged Award
2015 Faith & Forum - Religious Architecture Award, Honor Award in Restoration