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Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

The Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel opened its doors in 1969, a gift of the F.T. Weyerhaeuser family. The building’s unique layout was designed by Dewey Thorbeck, a local architect who is a professor at the University of Minnesota and director for their Center for Rural Design. Here is a video interview of Thorbeck from the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architecture Historians.

The chapel serves as a worship space and hosts lectures, art and music events and other community functions. The chapel houses the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life (CRSL) in the lower level and a program space to support vibrant religious and spiritual life offerings. The chaplain’s offices, a prayer room, the library, and the CRSL offices are also located in the lower level. The chapel is served by Protestant, Jewish, Muslim and Catholic chaplains. All are welcome.

The chapel is open Monday-Thursday from 8:30 AM-9:30 PM and Friday from 8:30 AM-8:00 PM.

Other Spaces for Practice

Prayer Room – Center for Religious and Spiritual Life lower level

  • The Musallah is available for worship 8:30 AM-9:30 PM, Monday-Thursday and 8:30 AM-8:00 PM, Friday. Additional access may be arranged through the CRSL staff email [email protected].

Kitchen (for religious and spiritual purposes) – Center for Religious and Spiritual Life lower level.


Macalester students/staff/faculty who wish to reserve either the Chapel or the lower level of the CRSL for an event should contact Pattie Lydon at x6298.

Others who wish to reserve the Chapel for an event, please call the campus reservations desk at 651-696-6638 or contact Pattie Lydon at [email protected]

Weddings and Ceremonies: Here is information on reserving the Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel for weddings or other ceremonies
The Chapel seats 350.