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Cochran Chapel - The Building

stairsCochran Chapel is the spiritual center of Phillips Academy. First dedicated in 1932, it was the final gift of Thomas Cochran, Class of 1890. Designed by architect Charles Adams Platt, the exterior is neo-Georgian. The interior, barrel-vaulted and colonnaded with carved oak paneling, suggests the late 17th-century English Baroque style of Christopher Wren. In 1981, the Andover Organ Company installed a new 2 manual, 27 stop, tracker organ.

In addition to housing the chaplaincy and student religious organizations, Cochran Chapel is home to the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, choral and orchestral groups, the Community Engagement program and all-school meetings. Renovated in 1998 with a generous gift from David M. Underwood '54, Cochran Chapel was re-dedicated October 16, 1998. An additional grant, made in May of 2012 by the Abbot Academy Association, has allowed the Chapel to purchase new pew cushions and to reupholster all of its chairs. More recent financial allocations have allowed for the installation of large projection screens, the purchase of a baptismal font, new seating for our musicians, and the refinishing of both our pulpit and altar. Each of these grants has helped us maintain the grandeur of this architectural gem.