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Letters from alumni about the P.U. chapel

April 22, 2002

Though I always enjoy reading the Princeton Alumni Weekly, I was particularly pleased to see Kathryn Federici Greenwood's piece on the Chapel's restoration in the March 13, 2002, issue.

As the partner in charge of that project, I can attest to the exceptional work done by the Masonry Preservation Group and Femenella and Associates. My only disappointment in the story was that Ms. Greenwood failed to mention the architectural firm in charge of that project, of which two of the five partners are graduates of Princeton University: Jeremiah Ford ’54 and myself in ’73. Both Jerry Ford and Michael Farewell also received their MFA degrees from the university.

In addition, the following people played significant roles in the project: Ed Meade, structural engineer with Robert Silman Associates; Ivan Myjer, stone conservator; Nick Micros, sculptor; Julie Sloan, stained glass consultant; and David Howell, architect and project manager for Princeton University.

It was an honor to work on such a significant commission, and we were delighted to have the opportunity to lead the restoration effort.

Michael J. Mills ’73
Princeton, N.J.

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April 2, 2002

I enjoyed your March 13 PAW account of the "eclectic but much-loved" Marquand Chapel and the fire that destroyed it in 1920. However, your article seems to have conflated the Chapel's donor, Henry G. Marquand (1819-1902) with his son, Allan Marquand (1853-1924), Class of 1874.

Henry made a fortune in railroads, then used his wealth to support his lifelong enthusiasm for art and architecture. When Allan entered Princeton, his father made his first contribution to the Princeton campus, co-sponsoring the building of the Bonner-Marquand Gymnasium.

After graduating in 1874, Allan went to the seminary. His choice may have encouraged Henry to fund the design and construction of the Marquand Chapel, completed in 1881. By then, Allan had left the ministry to devote himself to collecting art and teaching Princeton students about it. Appointed to the faculty as its first professor of Art and Archaeology in 1882, he established the Art Museum, the Marquand Library, and the Art Department in the course of the next 20 years. He also found time to raise a family; his daughter Eleanor w' 23 w'17 h. '17, was my mother.

G. Allan Forsyth ’53
New York, N.Y.

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March 15, 2002

I was on campus in February for Alumni Day and, along with two other family members, I attended the Service of Remembrance, specifically to honor my uncle Ed Eisenhart ’42, who passed away last fall.

I was stunned at how beautiful the restored chapel looked and how well the refurbished organ sounded. The chapel choir’s rendition of John Tavener’s Song for Athene in that rededicated space was very moving indeed. So it was with great interest that I read your cover story and Jane Chapman Martin’s “From the Editor” column in the March 13, 2002, issue of PAW. The excerpts from architect Ralph Adams Cram’s article in the May 25, 1928 PAW were eloquent and left me wanting to see the entire articles – is there more?

Douglas M. Eisenhart ’72
Natick, Mass.

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