Robert Carr Chapel closed for renovations

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    The Robert Carr Chapel is the latest building to become a hard hat zone.

    Renovations to the popular wedding destination on South University Drive began last week.

    The chapel is getting a new sprinkler system, Kayli Burnett, the Carr Chapel’s events coordinator, said.

    She said weddings and events were not scheduled for the renovation period. The construction was planned for this time of year to avoid the busy summer wedding season.

    Burnett said construction should be complete and the chapel should reopen by April 1, just in time for Easter weekend and the first scheduled wedding of the year on Saturday, April 4.

    According to the book “Walking TCU” by Joan Hewatt, Carr Chapel opened its doors in 1954.

    Frances Sadler, the wife of the university’s president at the time, heavily influenced the architecture and decorative styles of the chapel and was inspired through her time traveling throughout the eastern states, according to the book.

    Most of the funding for Carr Chapel came from a San Angelo oil man and rancher, Robert G. Carr, according to the book.

    Carr Chapel is still the tallest point on campus, standing at 137 feet, and continues to be a landmark not just for TCU but also for all of Fort Worth.

    The Robert Carr Chapel renovation plan is not listed on the university’s or the physical plant’s website as a current project.