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   About Dimnent Memorial Chapel

Dimnent Memorial Chapel on the campus of Hope College in Holland, Michigan is a community landmark. The cornerstone, engraved with the college motto Spera in Deo (Hope in God), was laid on October 12, 1927.

The architect was William K. Johnston of Chicago, Ill. who earlier had designed nearby Graves Hall on the Hope campus. It was constructed by Frank Dyke & Co. of Holland, Mich. The construction cost was $404,000.

The building was dedicated as Hope Memorial Chapel on June 7, 1929. It was renamed Dimnent Memorial Chapel in 1959 to honor Dr. Edward D. Dimnent, fifth president of Hope College who spearheaded the effort to construct the building despite difficult economic times. Dr. Dimnent saw the need for a larger chapel building because of growing numbers in the student body. He envisioned a Inside Dimnentchapel whose size and beauty might typify the place of religion on campus and could serve community gatherings. It would become the fourth chapel for student worship since 1857 and continues to serve those purposes today.

The building is located at the corner of 12th Street and College Avenue in Holland. It is of modified American Gothic architecture (absent gargoyles). It is of steel construction and is built of gray Bedford stone. It is approximately 170 feet long and 65 feet wide. The height of the tower on the southwest corner is 108 feet. The chapel seats approximately 1,150 people.

Huw Lewis Skinner OrganThere are two organs in the chapel, a four-manual Skinner organ in the chancel and a Dutch classic tracker organ in the balcony, built by Pels and Van Leeuwen in the Netherlands and installed in 1971. The Skinner organ with its 2,932 pipes was installed in 1929 and restored in 2006 by the A. Thompson-Allen Company. Westminster chimes ring from the bell tower every 15 minutes.

The hand-carved pulpit, constructed of solid rosewood, was made in the Reformed Church Industrial School in Katpoudi, India.

The lower level of the building contains classrooms.

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