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Preserving a Texas Treasure:
TWU fundraising campaign to maintain historic Little Chapel-in-the-Woods
October 22, 2009 — DENTON – A new Texas Woman’s
University fundraising campaign will help preserve a Texas
treasure, the historic Little Chapel-in-the-Woods.
the moment I arrived at TWU, I was moved by the beauty of
the Little Chapel and by the emotions it evokes from our alumni
and friends, which is why restoring the chapel was my first
capital campaign at TWU,” said TWU Chancellor Ann Stuart.
“It is important that we continue to raise funds to
repair our TWU treasure and keep it in the condition that
it deserves as an historic and architecturally significant
campaign will fund a new roof and electrical wiring. The copper
portion of the roof must be completely replaced to maintain
the historical integrity of the building. The electrical wiring
must be brought up to code to protect the building from the
possibility of fire.
its dedication by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in 1939, the
Little Chapel-in-the-Woods has been a place of tranquility
and beauty on TWU’s Denton campus. The chapel was designed
by renowned Dallas architect O’Neil Ford and his partner
A.B. Swank. TWU students created the building’s artwork,
including stained glass windows, lighting, woodwork and flooring.
Texas Society of Architects in 1983 designated the chapel
as one of the state’s most outstanding architectural
achievements, while Texas Monthly placed it among “The
Ten Best Buildings in Texas” in its March 2009 issue.
university will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Little
Chapel-in-the-Woods on Nov. 3 with a ceremony and reception.
for the Little Chapel-in-the-Woods restoration campaign currently
are being accepted. Download the Little-Chapel-in-the-Woods donation form and brochure (PDF) or make a donation online through Online Giving. For more information call Patrice Benfield Frisby at (940) 898-3867.
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