Kirkpatrick Chapel

Kirkpatrick Chapel

The Kirkpatrick Chapel was built in 1873, and was named after Sophia Kirkpatrick of New Brunswick, who donated $61,054.57 to Rutgers College to fund the planned chapel. It was designed by New Brunswick-born architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh (1847-1918); it was the third building Hardenbergh designed for Rutgers. Hardenbergh planned the structure in the Gothic Revival style popular during the High Victorian period. This means that the inspiration comes from medieval architecture, rather than the classical architecture of ancient Greece and Rome. The Kirkpatrick Chapel was originally used as a chapel and a library. In 1904, the chapel was expanded because the library was moved to the newly built Voorhees Hall. Over the years, the Chapel became less of a place for worship and used more for lectures, events, and classes. Kirkpatrick Chapel is not open to the public, but hosts special events.


Kirkpatrick Chapel

81 Somerset St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901


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Visitors may park in lots 1, 11, 11a, and 16 starting 45 minutes prior to the scheduled performance/ceremony start time. Metered spaces on Somerset Street are also available.

Secondary parking is available in the public parking decks in New Brunswick.

Convenient handicap-accessible parking is located adjacent to the building on a first-come, first-served basis. Appropriate placards or license plates are required.


Visitors are welcome anytime during normal operating hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Middlesex County Historic Properties

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