Finegold Alexander completes renovation of University of Massachusetts Amherst's Old Chapel


Finegold Alexander Architects has completed renovation works and reopened the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst's Old Chapel.

The chapel was originally opened in 1885, and was closed in 1999 due to code and accessibility requirements.

It has now has been refurbished into a vibrant community space for student gatherings, exhibits and events via an investment of $21m.

Finegold Alexander Architects principal Regan Shields Ives said: “The historic preservation / renovation of the UMass Amherst Old Chapel allows the iconic building to remain central to the beauty of the campus while serving several new uses.

“We are pleased to have been part of this landmark project.”

"The historic renovation of the UMass Amherst Old Chapel allows the iconic building to remain central to the beauty of the campus while serving several new uses."

The first floor of the new building has a flexible layout for social gatherings, study and events, while the top floor includes a Great Hall that offers a large open space for lectures, seminars, performances, banquets, weddings and private events.

A contemporary glass-entry and an interactive display wall have also been added during the restoration.

UMass Amherst strategic communications executive director Ed Blaguszewski said: “Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, during his first visit to UMass Amherst, envisioned a restored old chapel as an inspiring and dynamic space for all who live, work and visit at our flagship campus.

“Finegold Alexander and the team have done an extraordinary job in restoring this jewel.”

University of Massachusetts Amherst was founded in 1863 and is a part of the five-campus UMass system.