Providing spiritual and personal
support to students, faculty,
staff, and the MIT community
The Chaplain to the Institute and the Board of Chaplains at MIT all provide spiritual and personal support to students, faculty, staff and the MIT community. Whether exploring spiritual questions, experiencing a challenging personal time or wanting to engage in conversations about politics, ethics, or service, the Chaplains are available to help. All students are welcome to participate in activities, discussion and community events. The chapel is open for meditation as well as for regular religious services.
Who designed the bell tower on the MIT Chapel?
Click here for a presentation on the bell tower.
Who designed the metal sculpture in the MIT Chapel?
For more information, click here to listen to a presentation on the work and Bertoia.
Who designed the MIT Chapel?
The building’s unique appearance was new to a campus that had previously employed a more classical architecture style. After some criticism, Saarinen explained that the chapel’s windowless cylinder “implied the self-contained, inward-feeling which was desirable” for a place of worship. He noted that its undulating interior walls promoted good acoustics as well as an “enclosed feeling.”
A stained glass entryway leads to the chapel, the centerpiece of which is a solid marble altar placed in the center of a circular marble platform. A metal sculpture by Harry Bertoia reflects light from the only window in the chapel, a beautiful domed skylight. The Chapel also features a 1,300-pound bell cast at MIT in the Metals Processing Laboratory and a 768-pipe organ designed by Walter Holtkamp.