Hendricks Chapel
Syracuse University

Designed by James Russell Pope with Dwight James Baum

James Russell Pope (1874-1937) is best known for the Jefferson Memorial 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.

1930s - Source: Dwight James Baum Collection, Syracuse University Library Archives

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