Constructed in 1912, the awe-inspiring St. Francis Solanus Chapel, located at the heart of Quincy University, is a tangible symbol of QU’s Franciscan values. For more than 100 years, the chapel has provided an unwavering presence to thousands of Quincy University students, faculty members, and Quincy community members. To ensure that the beauty and impact of the Chapel live on for generations to come, it is imperative that we invest in its preservation and restoration today.
In 1910, the Rector of St. Francis Solanus College gave a commission to Brother Anselm Wolff, OFM to design and build the present day St. Francis Solanus Chapel. Brother Anselm Wolff was known for his design of the magnificent St. Anthony of Padua Church in St. Louis, MO and the St. Francis Solanus Chapel bears a striking resemblance.
In 2013, alumni and friends raised over $100,000 toward the Chapel preservation efforts, which completely funded the exterior repairs including a new roof.
Redesigned in 1956, the Chapel features intricate stained glass designs and breathtaking artwork by acclaimed professor of art Fr. Tom Brown including hand-painted blue and white snowflakes, and an iconic image of Christ the Pantocrator.
The HEART of Quincy University
"This is a house of God. And when you want to talk to God, this is a good place to do it."-Fr. John Ostdiek, OFM '50
- Stained Glass Window Repair: The past 100 years of varying temperatures, wind, rain and gravity have taken a toll on the windows, causing them to shift and buckle. Repairs are needed to protect the glass from further damage and preserve their beauty for years to come.
- Organ Restoration and New Sound System: The organ is in need of new pipes and wind regulators to be restored to a fully functioning state. In addition, music and liturgical services will be further enhanced with the installation of a much needed sound system.
- Interior Repair and Preservation: The chapel requires plaster and structure repair to the walls, ceiling, columns, and original moldings and careful preservation and restoration of hundreds of religious paintings found both on plaster and canvas surfaces. In addition, the infrastructure requires upgraded plumbing, a fire protection system, HVAC, electric, and lighting to ensure optimum preservation conditions and increased safety.