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Gallaudet in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Chapel Hall

Gallaudet College

 
 
Chapel Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, February 12, 2011
1. Chapel Hall Marker
Inscription.
Chapel Hall
Gallaudet College

has been designated a
Registered National
Historic Landmark

under the provisions of the
Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935,
this site possesses exceptional value
in commemorating or illustrating
the history of the United States
U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service
1966

 
Erected 1966 by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 38° 54.34′ N, 76° 59.7′ W. Marker is in Gallaudet, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Lincoln Circle, South north of Florida Avenue, NE. Touch for map. Marker is at the main entrance to Chapel Hall, west of the University's main gate off Florida Avenue. Marker is at or near this postal address: 800 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington DC 20002, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the Rose Cottage (within shouting distance of this marker); Laurent Clerc (within shouting
Chapel Hall, Gallaudet University image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, February 12, 2011
2. Chapel Hall, Gallaudet University
- marker is located in the shadows below the center arch at the top of the steps.
distance of this marker); Edward Miner Gallaudet (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Leonard M. Elstad (about 300 feet away); Education for All (about 400 feet away); "Ole Jim" (about 500 feet away); The Edward Miner Gallaudet Residence (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gallaudet.
 
Regarding Chapel Hall. "Seventeen acres at the front of the campus are registered as the Gallaudet College Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places. The historic district includes Chapel Hall, College Hall, the houses on Faculty Row, and "Ole Jim." This area of campus and its original grounds were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, a well-known landscape architect, noted for his design of New York's Central Park."
http://pr.gallaudet.edu/GallaudetHistory/page2.html
 
Also see . . .
1. Gallaudet University. (Submitted on February 15, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. About Gallaudet. (Submitted on February 15, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. Rare Gallaudet Pictures
Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, February 12, 2011
3. Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet Memorial
- view from the National Historic Landmark marker with the Library of Congress and the U.S. Capitol visible on the horizon.
. (Submitted on February 21, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
4. Gallaudet College Historic District. National Register of Historic Places, Nomination Form, 1974. (Submitted on March 13, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Additional keywords. deafness; Columbia Institution for the Deaf; Gallaudet University.
 
Categories. EducationNotable Places
 
Chapel Hall image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, February 12, 2011
4. Chapel Hall
Chapel Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 11, 2018
5. Chapel Hall Marker
Chapel Hall, with College Hall to the left, at Gallaudet University image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, July 30, 2016
6. Chapel Hall, with College Hall to the left, at Gallaudet University
I D D<br>Institution for the Deaf and Dumb image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 11, 2018
7. I D D
Institution for the Deaf and Dumb
Weathervane atop Chapel Hall

Gallaudet University began as the Columbia Institution for the Deaf and Dumb established in 1857 which became the National Deaf Mute College in 1864 and was renamed in honor of Edward Miner Gallaudet in 1894.
Stained Glass Window image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 11, 2018
8. Stained Glass Window
Over the front door of Chapel Hall

“The ‘Main Central Building’ at Gallaudet College, Chapel Hall is one of the finest examples of post-Civil War collegiate architecture in the United States and is the focal point of this nationally significant educational institution. It is a picturesque, brownstone, High Victorian Gothic Revival building designed by Frederick C. Withers of the leading mid-19th century firm of Vaux, Withers and Co. Its design reflects the romantic architectural associationalism prevalent in post-Civil War America. The building was consciously designed to be a symbol of the national importance of the institution—the only collegiate institution for the deaf in the United States. The building has a rather ecclesiastical character and was an early important building in Washington in the Ruskinian Gothic Revial style with constructional polychromy and assymmetrical planning.” – National Register Form
E Pluribus Unum image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 11, 2018
9. E Pluribus Unum
Chapel Hall image. Click for full size.
Internet Archive
10. Chapel Hall
Detail from an illustration in A Biographical Sketch of the Rev. Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, LL.D., 1887, by Henry Winter Syle
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 15, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 927 times since then and 73 times this year. Last updated on February 22, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 15, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   5. submitted on March 25, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   6. submitted on July 31, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   7, 8, 9. submitted on March 13, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   10. submitted on March 25, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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