Architectural renderings (top) from 1919 and interior rendering (bottom) from 1924. Photos from the UChicago Photographic Archive.
BREAKING: The carillon at Rockefeller Chapel is currently playing Amanda McBroom’s “The Rose,” better known as the song that the Happy Hands Club signed in Napoleon Dynamite. Hard to control our laughter picturing this face:
Official video for “The Rose”; image from Random Gif Folder.
A view from the top: UChicago’s South Quad and the Midway from atop Rockefeller Chapel. Photo by Tom Rossiter.
Happy Birthday to the late John D. Rockefeller Jr! Both Jr. (pictured right) and Sr. were prominent patrons of the University of Chicago (anyone out there heard of Rockefeller Chapel?) and higher education nationwide. And let’s be honest, JDRJ is killin’ it in that top hat. Photo of Rockefellers courtesy of the Wikipedia Commons.
Rock me mama like Ferris Bueller’s wheel. Rock me mama like Rocka Flocka Feel.
Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey, I’m a church.
Rockefeller’s Bells- The University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel has a bangin’ set of bells— our Carillon is one of the largest musical instruments in the world. Sometimes it’s the theme song from Pirates of the Caribbean or maybe Game of Thrones, a classical melody or a cover of Matt & Kim. Sitting in class and hearing them go off plucks my bell ropes. Is that even an expression? Editors? Anyone? Heartstrings are just so passé.
Hyde Park Jazz Festival
2 days. 17 hours. Over 170 musicians across 17 stages. This year’s festival on the 29th and 30th of September is set to be the biggest ever. Like last year, there will be performances in UChicago buildings such as the Oriental Institute and the Logan Center. Headliner Miguel Zenon (pictured above) will be performing in Rockefeller Chapel. Here's the website in case you want more information.
(Photo from the Chicago Tribune)
The pipe organ in Rockefeller Chapel. (PS: isn’t it totally awesome that someone has an entire tumblr devoted to pipe organs?)
The Rockefeller Chapel Gallery Organ
E.M. Skinner (restored in 2008 by Schantz Organ Company)
Rockefeller Chapel, University of Chicago