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University Archives: Harkness Chapel

Location: south side of Bellflower Road, between Ford Road and East Boulevard Description: Gothic design; exterior of Ohio sandstone, roof of copper and black slate; nave is 45x84 feet; tower is 16x16 feet and 45 feet high; eaves are 28 feet high and the apex of gable is 54 feet high; Tiffany Co. windows; organ made by Austin Co.
The inscription below the stained glass window on the north face is from The Holy Bible. Proverbs 31:31. "Her works praise her in the gates."

This property continued in use after 1949. Post-1949 research is not yet completed.

Formal Name
Florence Harkness Chapel
Named For
Florence Harkness Severance, friend
Other Names
Harkness Chapel    


Constructed ca. 1899-ca. 1901    
Architect Charles F. Schweinfurth    


Cost 1899 construction: $91,001.15
1899 endowment: $30,000
1899: Gift of $40,000 from Anna Harkness; Gift of $20,000 from Charles W. Harkness; Gift of $45,000 from Louis H. Severance

ca. 1902-1949+?: Mather College
ca. 1902-1949+?: Ceremonies, performances and lectures



Consecration of ground: 6/14/1899; Cornerstone Laying: 6/13/1900; Dedication: 3/30/1902
First campus church constructed


Alterations and Modifications

1917: Added transepts
Charles F. Schweinfurth
Gift of $50,000 from Anna Harkness, friend
Reopening: 4/4/1918


Alterations and Modifications


1922: Rebuilt organ
$19,000 estimated
Gift of unknown amount from Anna Harkness, friend


This summary was compiled by staff of the University Archives from sources in the custody of the Archives.


Collections FAQ

Why isn't the book on the shelf?
Find out where a book is before you go to the shelf. Search the Case Catalog to see what it says like
- "Check Shelves" (look on the shelves, find it, & check it out);
- "Just Checked In" (ask staff for help, it's nearby, but too soon to be back on the shelves yet);
- "Off Campus" (out at an OhioLINK school);
- "Due mm/dd/yyyy" (it’s checked out until that date.) 
Tip: If it is not available, order an OhioLINK copy
Can I return books to a different Library?

Return Case or OhioLINK items to any Case library, yes. Case libraries have different hours, so your book might not get checked in on the day you return it if you use a bookdrop.

Return the CPL@Case-KSL books only to KSL, so the collection is here for you & others. Case libraries are not responsible for returning other local libraries’ books. Returning public library books here will not check them off of your account at those libraries.

What does "Check Shelves" mean?
"Check Shelves" means it is supposed to be on the shelf. If it isn’t there, double-check what the Case Catalog currently says to make sure that nobody else has checked it out or has kept it out too long.
How long does reshelving take?
The times are different, depending on what is being reshelved and what time of semester it is. KSL goal: to reshelve journals within 24 weekday hours, reshelve books within 48 hours. During peak times (end of semester) the time can be longer. Ask staff at the Main Service Desk for help.
How do I reserve a book?
Books are on the shelves for anyone who needs them, and are not reserved for individual use. If our book is checked out, order a copy from the OhioLINK.
Where are the UL Storage Stacks?
KSL has a university center half a mile from KSL, where lesser used or brittle books are kept, and the catalog search screen will display "UL Storage." You can visit the Center during daytime hours, or use an online request form to bring back the item to KSL. The center is now called RRCC (Retrospective Research Collections Center.)
Can I get a book or video on a specific date?
Yes, Case faculty, staff, & students can find out more details and use a convenient online request form for Book a Video or DVD  (KSL’s other collections are available only on a first-come basis for everyone, and cannot be booked ahead of time.)
What does a Book on Order mean? When will it get here?
When the catalog item displays “1 copy ordered for (library name)” the item is already in the library getting the final processing labels, etc., and will soon be on the shelf! Ask staff if there are other copies avaialable in OhioLINK in the meantime, or if you have an urgent need.
What is a PIN?
Your PIN is not assigned, you choose what it is and enter it on the Case Catalog at “View Your Library Record,” following the instructions. A Case Library PIN is a Personal Identification Number that protects your information, just like your bank ATM asks for a similar security PIN.
How do I get a library account & where can I look at it?
Case faculty, staff, and students automatically have online library accounts. You can look at it on the Case Catalog under “View your library record.” Use your library account to renew items on line and keep track of what you have checked out or ordered from OhioLINK or RRCC or Iron Mountain sites. Your Case ID is your library card!

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