The University of New Mexico Alumni Association dedicated the Chapel's newly completed garden recently. Its centerpiece will be the Celebration Wall, adorned with tiles of photographs of alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends.
The Alumni Memorial Chapel is a historically significant part of the UNM community and has served all faiths in both joyful and trying times for celebration and reflection. The UNM Alumni Relations office proposed the idea of a memorial chapel in 1944 and raised funds through 1959. Architect John Gaw Meem drew the original plans. The Chapel opened in 1962 as a memorial to alumni who gave their lives in our nation's wars. The Chapel's simple elegance complements any occasion, public or personal.
In keeping with the Chapel's Franciscan Mission architecture, the design for the Chapel Garden extends the spiritual space within the Chapel to the surrounding outside area. The Garden's comprehensive design plan includes provisions for a rose garden, gathering space, seating, shade, a fountain and lighting.
The Celebration Wall will serve the university community's spirit and provide a historic record of the many celebrations, memorials and important events held at the Chapel. The Celebration Wall is
capped with 4-by-4-inch porcelain tiles with black-and-white photo reproductions placed into black marble frames. The tiles are designed to resist fading and scratching. Each tile costs $300,
which will help sustain the Chapel and its programs.
To purchase your Celebration Wall tile(s) to support the Chapel Endowment visit www.unmalumni.com for details or call the Alumni Relations Office at (505) 277-5808 or (800) 258-6866. You may
also obtain a form at Chapel Garden.
For additional information call (505) 277-5808.