A Familiar Pittsburgh Landmark is Getting an Upgrade

The garden will provide a peaceful retreat and naming opportunities for guests and patrons.

photo provided by Heinz memorial chapel

Heinz Memorial Chapel is a familiar icon on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus and has been since 1933 when it was built. The chapel opens its doors to more than 100,000 visitors annually and has served as a venue for religious services, weddings, concerts and other gatherings for more than 80 years.

To preserve the chapel, the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Institutional Advancement began a campaign to establish a building endowment. Part of the campaign is the building of a reflection garden on the chapel’s side lawn. The construction of the garden broke ground on Wednesday, March 28, and construction is expected to be completed by mid-summer.

“The reflection garden will provide a quiet place to reflect that is compatible with the beauty of the building,” said Pat Gibbons, director of Heinz Memorial Chapel.

In addition to enhancing the chapel’s ground, the garden also provides naming opportunities for donors who want to support Heinz Memorial Chapel. Visitors can donate or buy the naming rights for benches, pavers and flower beds in the garden as well as pews and windows within the chapel.

The donations and funds will go toward the maintenance of the chapel, especially the pipe organs and stained glass windows that give the chapel its beauty and are expensive to maintain.

“Donating is a wonderful way for people to be involved with the building,” said Gibbons. “The chapel isn’t going anywhere because of the way it was built, but it’s important that the building be here in the future in a usable state.”

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