Agnes Flanagan Chapel

The Agnes Flanagan Chapel is one of the first buildings that visitors to Lewis & Clark College see as they drive up Palatine Hill Road and approach the main campus. The chapel is named in honor and memory of college trustee Agnes Flanagan whose vision, enthusiasm and generosity made its construction possible. Completed in the fall of 1968, the chapel was officially dedicated in February of 1969.

The chapel’s impressive contemporary lines and distinctive conical shape incorporate a strong Northwest Coast Native American influence, and are the design of architect Paul Thiry. The Wallace Howe Lee Memorial Bridge, leading from the roadway to the chapel entrance, is flanked by sculpted figures of the four evangelists (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). Chief Lelooska of the Cherokee tribe designed these figures which combine ancient Christian symbolism with the symbolism of the Northwest Coast Native American people.

The beautiful interior of the chapel features a magnificent Casavant organ, seating for 460 people, and stained glass windows which depict the creation story as told in the book of Genesis. The Casavant organ has 85 ranks and most of the almost 5,000 pipes are suspended in the center of the chapel from the pinnacle of the chapel ceiling. The stained glass windows were designed and crafted by Gabriel Loire of Chartres, France, an artist renowned for his work worldwide.

Agnes Flanagan Chapel is used regularly for worship services, lectures, concerts, musical performances, and for other events. The staff offices of the Office of Spiritual Life and the Ombuds Office are located on the lower level. If you wish to obtain information about reserving the chapel for an event or a wedding, please contact the Lewis & Clark Conferences and Events Office (email:; phone: 503-768-7235 or 503-768-7109). 


Diane Gregg Memorial Pavilion


296473_268578713165034_265906010098971_908700_827719826_n The original design of Agnes Flanagan Chapel at Lewis & Clark, commissioned of noted modernist architect Paul Thiry in 1967, included a small side pavilion. This
pavilion was not built during the original construction, but creating it has long been a goal of many Lewis & Clark community members who saw a need for increased
performance and worship space. In 2007, Lewis & Clark commissioned Boora
Architects to evaluate the performance venues on campus and determine what renovations or additions would be necessary to make the facilities suitable for high caliber performances by the students, faculty, and visitors of Lewis & Clark. At Diane Gregg’s memorial service the same year, Glenn Gregg announced that his family would fund the Diane Gregg Memorial Pavilion, to be built adjacent to the chapel. The pavilion would immediately be recognized as a space that would open up new possibilities for many of Lewis & Clark’s programs. Its dedication on April 17, 2011 was the culmination of a long-cherished vision for the chapel.


303143_268578949831677_265906010098971_908705_515711368_n The Diane Gregg Memorial Pavilion completes Paul Thiry’s original architectural design for the Agnes Flanagan Chapel. The pavilion’s footprint and its overall size and shape remain exactly as Paul Thiry envisioned, but parts of its design have been updated to meet the demands of modern construction and the multiple uses that the pavilion serves.

The pavilion was designed to be a room to fulfill many needs - a place for small religious gatherings, music and dance performances, lectures, and receptions. It includes movable seating for up to 138 people and state of the art audiovisual technologies.

Where the chapel is inwardly focused, Gregg Pavilion is open to the outside world, allowing in abundant natural light. The pavilion’s design allows those inside to look out into the forest, and passersby may glimpse into the building and see the activity taking place within.

The building extends the exterior palette of the chapel through the use of custom-made brick. In order to match the existing brick as closely as possible, clay was sourced from manufacturers located in Oregon, California, Utah, and Washington. The colors were inspired by the patterns of Native American textiles.

Much of the wood in Gregg Pavilion is Douglas Fir that was milled from five trees that were located where the pavilion now stands. Five thousand board feet of lumber were produced, and 3,000 board feet were incorporated into the building. The wood was used for a slat wall in the hallway and the figured screen wall in the middle of the room. The figured screen wall is designed to meet the acoustical needs of the room, and the maple sprung floor is specially designed to allow for dance performances. The shape and size of the space also provides for a perfect place for regular Labyrinth walks (right lower photo), a form of walking meditation and prayer.