West Point Cadet Chapel

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West Point Cadet Chapel
Cadet Chapel, United States Military Academy
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West Point's Cadet Chapel viewed from Schofield Place
West Point Cadet Chapel
41°23′24.62″N73°57′36.01″W / 41.3901722°N 73.9600028°W / 41.3901722; -73.9600028 Coordinates: 41°23′24.62″N73°57′36.01″W / 41.3901722°N 73.9600028°W / 41.3901722; -73.9600028
Location United States Military Academy, New York
CountryUnited States
Denomination Protestant Inter-Denomination
History
StatusChurch
Dedication 1910
Architecture
Architect(s) Bertram Goodhue, Ralph Adams Cram, and Frank Ferguson
Architectural type Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1906
Completed1910
Specifications
Materials Granite
Clergy
Chaplain(s) Chaplain (Col) Keith N. Goode
Laity
Director of music Craig Williams

The Cadet Chapel at the United States Military Academy is a place of Protestant denomination worship for many members of the United States Corps of Cadets. The chapel is a late example of Gothic Revival architecture, with its cross-shaped floor plan, soaring arches, and ornate stone carvings. It houses the largest chapel pipe organ in the world, [1] which consists of 23,511 individual pipes. [2] [3] [4] [5] The Cadet Chapel dominates the skyline and sets the architectural mood of the academy. [6] Designed by architect Bertram Goodhue and completed in 1910, [7] it replaced the neoclassical Old Cadet Chapel which had been built in 1836. The Old Cadet Chapel was deconstructed and relocated to the entrance of the West Point Cemetery, where it stands today. [8]

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