Marsh Chapel is a building on the campus of Boston University used as the official place of worship of the school, named after former president of BU, Daniel L. Marsh, who was also a Methodist minister. The building is Gothic in style. While Methodism, the university's historical denomination, exerts a great influence on the chapel, it is formally non-denominational. The current dean of Marsh Chapel is Rev. Dr. Robert Hill, an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church.HistoryPlans for a riverside chapel at the university were made as early as 1920, when the university purchased the 15acre Charles River Campus and commissioned a master plan from architect Ralph Adams Cram. Originally, the chapel was to be complemented by the Alexander Graham Bell tower, a Gothic Revival administrative structure named for Alexander Graham Bell. The chapel's completion was stalled by the Great Depression and Second World War, after which Ralph Adams Cram was selected as its architect. The building was dedicated in 1950, heralding the end of a period of Collegiate Gothic construction on American campuses.Good Friday experimentIt was the site where the famed Marsh Chapel Experiment took place. Researchers involved included Harvard professor and later psychedelic guru Timothy Leary.
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