At its November 9, 2011, board meeting, the trustees of Virginia Theological Seminary made historic decisions that will move the Seminary forward with its plans to build a new chapel.
Based on recommendations by the Chapel for the Ages Committee to the board's Building and Grounds Committee, the trustees unanimously approved the Chapel Concept Designs as developed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects of New York. The building envisioned will complement the red brick of the historic buildings currently on campus and will include a slate roof and a motor court at the ceremonial entrance to the chapel. The blueprint for the chapel acknowledges the need for support rooms such as a sacristy, a vesting room, a choir room, and a nursery.
The worship space is designed in the shape of a Greek cross with seating such that no one will be situated more than seven rows away from the altar. The design allows for plenty of natural light although no decision has been made about the use of stained glass.