About Johnson Chapel
Dedicated in 1827, Johnson Chapel is one of the three oldest buildings on campus, and arguably the most iconic. “JChap,” as it’s known, is where previous generations of students used to gather for religious services every week, and where each class still gathers for Convocation when they arrive as first-year students, and Senior Assembly just before they graduate.
In addition to the chapel itself, the building houses the offices and classrooms of the English department and the Film and Media Studies program.
Read more about Johnson Chapel in a Bicentennial excerpt from Amherst College: The Campus Guide, by architecture critic Blair Kamin ’79. “Never has Amherst received better value for any expenditure of $25,” writes Kamin.
Photos: Jesse Gwilliam (top), Ralph Lieberman (inset, above)