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Springfield in Greene County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Stone Chapel

 
 
Stone Chapel Marker image. Click for full size.
By M. Blakelylaw, July 5, 2012
1. Stone Chapel Marker
The only way to see this marker is to walk up to the church's front door. It will be on your right in the alcove before the door.
Inscription. Long recognized as a symbol of Drury College, Stone Chapel resulted from gift by Mrs. Valeria G. Stone, Malde, Mass., and named for her. Cornerstone was laid Nov.16, 1880. Fire loss delayed completion until 1892. Special features: first bldg. made of stone, pipe organ, and stained glass windows. --- Springfield Historical Sites Board City-County Bicentennial Committee 1976
 
Erected by City-County Bicentennial Committee, Springfield Historical Sites Board.
 
Location. 37° 13.08′ N, 93° 17.22′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Missouri, in Greene County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of N. Benton Ave. and E. Central, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Parking is on the street on N. Benton Ave. Marker is at or near this postal address: 900 Block N. Benton Ave., Springfield MO 65802, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Entrenchments (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fairbanks Hall (about 400 feet away); Tau Eta Gamma (local) (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Fairbanks Hall (about 700 feet away); Indian Mounds
Stone Chapel Door image. Click for full size.
By M. Blakelylaw, July 5, 2012
2. Stone Chapel Door
Look very closely, and you can just make out the marker to the right of the door.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); First Store in Greene County (approx. 0.6 miles away); Shrine Mosque (approx. 0.6 miles away); Butterfield Overland Stage (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Springfield.
 
More about this marker. The Chapel's front door is inside an alcove. To see the marker you will have to walk all the way up to the front door. As you face the door, the marker is on the right alcove wall. You do not have to enter the Chapel.
 
Regarding Stone Chapel. Ask anyone who knows the town to name an iconic building in Springfield and chances are good that they will name Stone Chapel. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

The chapel is on the grounds of Drury University, a school associated with the United Churches of Christ and the Disciples of Christ. Its total enrollment averages between 3,000-5,000 on a campus covering about 90-acres.

Interesting aside - Mrs. Team Blakelylaw grew up in Springfield and never suspected the true story behind the chapel's name. She always thought it had to do with the building material. She ventures to say
Stone Chapel Cornerstone image. Click for full size.
By M. Blakelylaw, July 5, 2012
3. Stone Chapel Cornerstone
that almost everyone in town would also tell you that the building is called Stone Chapel because of its stone construction.
 
Additional keywords. Missouri, Religion, Universities, Higher Education, Schools, Christianity, Ozarks, Southwest Missouri, Architecture
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Education
 
Drury University image. Click for full size.
By M. Blakelylaw, July 5, 2012
4. Drury University
Stone Chapel image. Click for full size.
By M. Blakelylaw, July 5, 2012
5. Stone Chapel
The slabs of the walkway leading up the front door are inscribed with the years of various classes just after the start of the 20th Century.
Stone Chapel image. Click for full size.
By M. Blakelylaw, July 5, 2012
6. Stone Chapel
 
 
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