Morrill Hall: The Chapel
the two foremost reasons for building Morrill Hall were to house a museum and a
library, a chapel was quickly added to the list. Its completion allowed for some
changes in Old
Main, including the conversion of the old chapel into a dining room.
chapel was held in Morrill Hall at 7:45 Monday through Friday until 1918.
Sunday chapel, which was held in Curtiss Auditorium at 11:00, was
continued by Iowa State’s Chaplain, Dr. O.H. Cessna, until his retirement in
1929. Cessna, an ordained Methodist
minister, also served as Head of the History and Psychology Department from 1902
1910, conditions had become so crowded that the Chapel was
being used for class work. The
Music Department used the Chapel as a choir room until the new Music Hall was
completed in 1980. The organ was donated to a local church and was in use until
very recent years.
top photo: Morrill Hall chapel, ca.
bottom photo: Oration in front of the Morrill Hall chapel organ, ca.
more information on the history of the Morrill Hall organ, please see organ.