- Libraries & Spaces
We are currently installing new doors in the stairwell in Lauinger Library. During this time, visitors will not be able to use landings that are under construction, either to enter that floor or pass through en route to another. We encourage visitors to use the elevators, although the stairwell may still be used to access floors that are not under construction. Landings under construction should only be used in the case of an emergency.
That would be Dahlgren Chapel, the ninth building on campus, dedicated in 1893. Elizabeth Drexel and John Vinton Dahlgren (A.B. 1889, LL.B. 1891) had originally proposed that a small mortuary chapel be built as a memorial to their infant son, Joseph Drexel Dahlgren, who died in 189l. However, then Georgetown President J. Havens Richards, S.J. had a grander vision, suggesting a larger chapel capable of serving the whole university community which the Dahlgrens agreed to fund. In addition to being the first building named after a non-Jesuit, the Chapel was also the first to be funded exclusively by outside gifts.