Russell Pope (1874-1937) is best known for the
and the National Gallery,
both in Washington, D.C. He trained at both the American Academy in Rome
and L'Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Pope's greatest success came with his
classical designs, earning him the title "the last of the Romans."
This Chapel was bequeathed by New York State Senator Francis
Hendricks to his wife Eliza Jane Hendricks. It is similar to Thomas
Jefferson's Rotunda at the University of Virginia.
Both, of course, owe their original inspiration to the
Pantheon in Rome.
Constructed of brick and limestone, the building is topped with a steel-framed
dome, covered in lead.
Source: Dwight James Baum Collection, Syracuse University