The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's history includes a deep belief and commitment to the religious freedoms shared by all Americans. Proud and stately symbols of this are seen in two chapels — Patten and Danforth — that anchor the historic quadrangle of campus. In the early years, honor convocations, performance testaments and commencement ceremonies echoed through these walls.
Today, the chapels see mostly wedding and memorial activities. Dedicated in 1919, Patten Chapel is one of the busiest sanctuaries in the city. Reserving either of the chapels should be done as early as possible as almost every weekend is booked, usually up to a year in advance. Outdoor events in either Heritage Plaza or Shakespeare Garden also should be booked as soon as possible to avoid conflicts with weddings or University events.
Patten Chapel seats approximately 400 people in rich oak pews. The brick is a dark reddish brown that has warmed with the years. Highlighted by the brick are the moss and rust-colored stain glass windows. Gothic chandeliers reveal dark brown, ornate woodwork arches that finish the ceiling in the seating chamber. The chancel floor is rich red pottery tile. An organ accompanies the Yamaha grand piano in the chapel.
Danforth Chapel seats approximately 50. Dedicated in 1952, Danforth Chapel's doors face Oak Street where many a couple have left via horse and carriage. The chapel is connected to Hooper-Race halls with nearby restrooms and snack areas. Located across the hall from the English-style Shakespeare Garden outside Patten Chapel, Danforth is perfect for small events that emphasize intimacy.
The Shakespeare Garden, outside Patten Chapel, also is an excellent setting for weddings or other events. Beautiful flowers around a warm brick walk with manicured grass make this a popular choice for small ceremonies and a quiet place to relax. Something is always in bloom, and the many varieties of flowers will add to the beauty of your event. The garden is always open for inspection. Please do not hesitate to visit this tranquil and personal space.
Heritage Plaza is the open are between the Library and University Center. Concrete walkways surround a brick paver center with iron tables and benches nearby. Trees and planters help enclose the space for weddings or meeting friends after class. As with the Shakespeare Garden, we take pride in this area. Take time to go over our outdoor venue policy
For information and to obtain a rental application for either Patten or Danforth chapels, and/or Shakespeare Garden for your event, call Laura Cagle at 423-425-4203.