January 26, 2012 – Georgetown’s iconic Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart is undergoing a two-year restoration that will address the 118-year-old building’s structural and foundation issues.
Dahlgren will remain open during the restoration process with the exception of a few hours on weekdays.
Workers began repairing stained glass in the chapel, which is home to the university’s daily Mass, other sacraments and weddings, this past fall.
The chapel houses 16 vibrantly colored stained glass images of Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary and saints such as Joan of Arc and Society of Jesus founder St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Though the chapel has had smaller renovations as well as equipment and code upgrades over the past several decades, the current restoration is the first major renovation since the university's bicentennial.
The $7.5 million project is made possible by a $6 million gift from Georgetown alumni Francis (C’75, L’78) and Kathleen (SFS’77) Rooney and other contributors.