The yearlong restoration of Duke Chapel began May 11 with construction crews focusing on preparing Duke’s signature building to rehabilitate the limestone ceiling and replace its original roof. While the building is being worked on, Chapel services will be held in various locations on campus. For service details and answers to other questions, see our Restoration FAQs page.

July 27, 2015 Update

Sunday Morning Worship Services Move to Page Auditorium Aug. 9

Beginning Aug. 9, Duke Chapel will hold its weekly Sunday morning worship service in Page Auditorium on Duke’s West Campus.

Duke Chapel Worship in Page AuditoriumThe Sunday morning interdenominational service begins at 11 a.m. Free parking is available in the Bryan Center Parking Garage and Parking Lot. The handicapped entrance is located at the side of the auditorium off of the Bryan Center parking lot. Childcare will be provided in the auditorium’s box office lobby.

The services will continue to be broadcast on radio and cable TV, and webcast online.

Also beginning Aug. 9, Sunday morning education classes organized by the Congregation at Duke Chapel will return to meeting at 9:45 a.m. in the lowest level of the Divinity School’s Westbrook Building.

During the academic year, the chapel will hold two other weekly services. Beginning Aug. 30, a service of choral evensong will be held 4 p.m. on Sundays in the Divinity School’s Goodson Chapel. A choral vespers service will be held 6 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning Sept. 3, also in Goodson Chapel.

July 17, 2015 Update

Ceiling Mortar Joint Repair Begins

Crews have begun grinding away brittle mortar to repair joints in the Chapel’s limestone ceiling.

This detailed work of carefully removing mortar - 3/8 of an inch between each limestone rib in the ceiling – began in the Memorial Chapel and is just beginning in the Chancel where the choir sings. The mortar joint repair will move next to the Nave and Transept.

Dust containment barriers have been installed, and all old mortar will be replaced with new, more flexible material.

Other progress this month includes beginning to remove and replace the Chapel’s lead-coated copper roofing panels, as well as the 80-year-old lead-coated copper gutter system. All seven stained glass window panels in the Chancel have been removed and sent to special studios for repair.

Nearly all interior and exterior scaffolding has been erected for the restoration.

[Photo caption: Crews work to remove and replace lead-coated copper roofing panels.]