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Janet Ayers Academic Center

The Herbert C. Gabhart Chapel in the Janet Ayers Academic Center

The first-ever intentionally designed chapel in the history of the university, this ecumenical Christian sanctuary boasts a grand space and prime location for a variety of events, including worship services, seminars, weddings, and more.

The impressive two-story layout includes arched, double height clear glass windows on the exterior that are mirrored on the interior and are veiled by a layer of art glass. The art glass includes the motif of three crosses and creates a sanctuary experience filled with both breathtaking beauty and peaceful stillness. An art glass rosette, named the Holleman Rose Medallion, provides the focal point for the front of the chapel and is named in loving memory of Christa Holleman, wife of Belmont Trustee Jim Holleman. Wrought iron chandeliers help illuminate the space, which is also equipped with state-of-the-art audio visual capabilities that are fully integrated into the design so that the Chapel can be a multi-functional venue. A grand curved staircase descends into the Chapel lobby, creating an elegant yet ideal space for welcoming and appropriately directing guests.



> 296 capacity, theatre-style, fixed
> ADA accessible
> A/V capabilities

Common Uses:

> Worship services
> Seminars
> Weddings

Janet Ayers Academic Center Fourth Floor Conference Space C/D

Located on the fourth floor of the Janet Ayers Academic Center on the northern front of campus off Wedgewood Avenue, the Fourth Floor Conference Space boasts an elegant and open space for hosting events of all types, including: meetings, breakouts, seminars, workshops, receptions, and more.

The dividing wall allows for the room to be used as one large space or two separate spaces contained in one area. The conference space features access to a balcony overlooking downtown and has a prefunction room ideal for catering located just off the space.



> Capacity – 248 seated theatre style, 248 seated in rounds
> ADA accessible
> A/V capabilities

Common Uses: 

> Meetings
> Breakouts
> Seminars
> Workshops
> Receptions

Directions & Parking

The Janet Ayers Academic Center is located at the corner of Wedgewood and 15th avenues on the northern front of campus. There is free, lighted, parking in the garage located underneath the building, with elevator access to all floors. Entrances are located off of Wedgewood Avenue via the alley entrance and 15th Avenue, through both roundabouts. For more details on parking, please click here.

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For more information regarding booking this or any other space on campus to host an upcoming event, please visit University Scheduling.