Built in 1932 by noted architect Ralph Adams Cram, this stunning church honors one of the founders of Rollins College and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. Check out a breathtaking aerial view of the building at sunset below!
Far from simply being a historic building, Knowles Memorial Chapel remains a vibrant place of worship and religious life. As the official chapel of Rollins College, its nondenominational services occur every Sunday at 11 AM during the academic year.
A number of special services occur throughout the year as well, with Christmas Vespers performed by the Rollins College Choir attracting capacity crowds annually. Many concerts and recitals take place throughout the year as well, with the Bach Festival Choir performing to a standing-room-only crowd each winter as well. Check the City of Winter Park's event calendar to see what is happening at the chapel at the time of your visit.
The chapel was first donated to the university by Frances Knowles Warren in memory of her father, Francis Bangs Knowles. He was one of the founders of Rollins College and the city of Winter Park. The architect, Ralph Adams Cram, considered the building to be his favorite of the 75 churches he designed in his life.
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