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Traveling down U.S. 30 in Valparaiso, one can't miss the grand building that stands as the focal point of Valparaiso University.

That building - the Chapel of the Resurrection - is grand and peaceful, beckoning students and campus visitors to come within, take a seat and spend a little quiet time in meditation and prayer.

Chapel of the Resurrection, dedicated in 1959, was designed by Charles Stade and Associates, an architectural firm in Park Ridge, Ill. 

The building, formerly known as Memorial Chapel, was renamed in 1969, marking its 10th anniversary. Valparaiso University, however, dates to 1859.

Among features of the chapel are the Brandt Campanile, which is a 143-foot-high structure with a 12-bell chime; the chancel, baptistry, prayer labyrinth, the Reddel Organ and elaborate stained glass windows.

Its stained glass windows and the marble altar were designed by Peter Dohmen Studios of St. Paul, Minn. If Dohmen's work looks familiar, he also designed the stained glass windows in the library at the University of Notre Dame.

About 2,000 people can fill the Chapel of the Resurrection. Services are Lutheran-based. In addition to religious programs and services, the chapel also presents graduation ceremonies, concerts, lectures and more.

Last April, a groundbreaking ceremony took place for a $15 million, 11,000-square-foot addition to the chapel.

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Entertainment Editor/Features Reporter

Eloise is A&E Editor and a food, entertainment and features writer for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.