Sage Chapel Architecture Description

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Sage Chapel is non-denominational chapel centrally located on the Cornell University Campus designed by Charles Babcock. Its physical address is 147 Ho Plaza, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Neighboring buildings include Olin Library, Uris Library, Day Hall, and the Cornell Store.

1. Condition:
Sage Chapel is in great condition. There are some minor faults in the exterior of the building, however. In the courtyard of the North façade, the stone foundation is being stained green by the surrounding foliage. There is also moss growing on several stones on the East side of the Main entrance. On the east façade of Memorial Antechapel there is some chipping in the stone under the windows. It appears as though repairs have been opposite
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The brickwork is English bond. The mortar closely resembles the color of the brick for a seamless transition between the two. There is a running course of black bricks that bisect the aisle windows around the façades of the building. On the west façade of the Memorial Antechapel is a stone string course compiled of the same limestone used for the foundation. The string course is downward and is approximately a foot in length. The string course continues along the side of the building towards the north façade of the Nave where it lowers below the line of windows. From there, the string course continues on behind the main porch entrance and wraps around the northwest transept also skipping the former porch and onto the west façade of the northwest transept. The string course is raised on the Apse wall to properly align with windows. On the south façade the string course continues skipping the porches. On the set back portion of the Nave on the south façade the string course is discontinued. Instead, there is a running bond of black brick stacked three bricks high. There is no running bond or string course on the same façade where the addition was completed. Instead, there is a line of dripstone above the basement windows which continues onto the east façade of the Chapel. The dripstone continues around the corner where it meets the continuation of the string course which ties it to the rest of the building. On the north façade of Memorial Antechapel is a cornerstone that functions as a memorial plaque to commemorate the passing of Ezra Cornell, John McGraw, and Jennie McGraw Fiske. The plaque bears significant importance as it was laid by New York State Governor Grover Cleveland who became the President of the United States of

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