Tucked away in the heart of Austin's Tarrytown neighborhood is a quiet sanctuary for reflection – All Faiths Chapel (originally The Chapel for the Children) by architect David Graeber. Mid Tex Mod is thrilled to offer this rare opportunity to experience this architectural masterpiece.
All Faiths Chapel, completed in 1961, provides a space for religious services at the Austin State Supported Living Center (ASSLC), a state-operated living center providing service and support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Its A-frame design features a soaring, 52-foot high continuously skylighted cathedral ceiling. Artist Blossom Burns’ stained glass, “Miracle in the Sky,” adorns the gable ends. The chapel’s exquisite interior includes handmade copper light fixtures and door handles depicting birds in flight. All Faiths Chapel was an early commission, and labor of love, for Graeber, who graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1955. His distinguished career included commissions for NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and the United States Embassy in Mexico City.
We’ll explore the chapel complex then learn about its history and architecture from Rev. Dr. Paul D. Kraus, BCC, Director of the Department of Pastoral Care Services at the Austin State Supported Living Center; Karen Kincaid Brady, MA, MSHP candidate at UT Austin; and Jason John Paul Haskins, AIA.
Please note that the campus is home to a number of residents. All attendees must be respectful of this. You are welcome to photograph the chapel but photos of or with residents are not allowed.
Directions to the Chapel: If you are driving west on 38th Street, continue on until it changes to 35th street. Cross MoPac and make a left at the yellow blinking lights to enter the Austin SSLC Campus. Continue past the stop sign and you will see the Chapel on your right (the administration building is on your left). Go just a little further and turn right into the parking lot. The speed limit is 10 MPH to protect Austin SSLC’s residents and staff. Please respect this.