St. Paul’s Chapel, Columbia University

New York, NY

St. Paul’s Chapel was the first building at Columbia that was not designed by McKim, Mead & White, but by the architects Howells & Stokes. An elaborate mixture of Italian Renaissance, Byzantine, and Gothic styles, its interior features Guastavino vaulting in intricate patterns. Construction began on St. Paul’s Chapel in 1904, and it was dedicated in 1907. In 1966, the chapel became one of the first buildings in New York City designated an official landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

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Scope of work

  • Sounded the structure and applied non-structural Guastavino tiles from a 90′ DENKA lift.
  • Prepared a report complete with findings augmented by digital photography.

Original architect

  • Howells and Stokes (completed 1907)

Building owner

  • Columbia University

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