Graham Memorial Chapel

Capacity: 100-750

Graham Memorial Chapel

Graham Memorial Chapel was gifted to Washington University in St. Louis by Christine Blair Graham as a memorial to her husband, Benjamin Brown Graham. Graham Chapel was dedicated in 1909 and is now used for concerts, plays and the university’s lecture program, the Assembly Series.


Service Level


Seating Capacity

Theater for 750

Standard Set


Graham-Chapel Floorplan

Graham Chapel Information

  • Graham Chapel seats 785 people.
  • The main level contains 27 rows of pews on either side of the aisle.
  • Each full row seats approximately 10 people for a total of 540 seats on the floor.
  • The middle aisle is 42 inches wide and 105 feet long.
  • The balcony seats 210 people in individual padded chairs.
  • A second entrance and elevator is located on the North side of Graham Memorial Chapel.
  • Restrooms are located on the lower level of the Chapel and can be accessed by the elevator or either staircase.
  • The green room is located off the northeast corner of the Chapel.
  • A private restroom is located just inside the green room.
  • The basement of Graham Memorial Chapel, which has a large restroom with mirrors, is the most common area used by brides prior to their ceremony. This space is not private.

Included Amenities

(1) small wood podium

(1) large high-back chair (in the green room)

(2) large low-back chairs (in the green room)

(1) double kneeler

(2) short (2 foot high) pedestal tables

(2) tall (3 foot high) pedestal tables

(20) wood stacking chairs with padded seats matching the pews

(2) 3ft x 3ft over-pew tables

(15) Music Stands

(1) Steinway Grand Piano

(2) candelabras that hold seven (provided) candles each.

(1) unity candle holder that holds two taper candles and a large unity candle (unity candle and tapers not provided).

*Included amenities must be advanced with your event coordinator 14 days prior.

Pipe Organ

The Graham Memorial Chapel organ is available for use.

The preferred organist is William “Pat” Partridge; however, you may bring in your own. Pat manages his own fees. You may contact him at the following phone number for information and scheduling: Christ Church Cathedral, 314-231-3454.

If you are interested in bringing your own organist, there is an approval process that must be started no fewer than six weeks in advance of your event date. Please call or email your event or wedding contact to start this process.

The organist requires an assistant who will watch the processional and act as the “eyes” for timing. Your event or wedding contact is not responsible for this role.

Included AV Equipment

  • (4) Full-height microphone stands
  • (4) Tabletop microphone stands
  • iPod/MP3 player connections

(4) microphones may be used. The combination of microphones include:

  • (1) Large Podium with a wired microphone (limit 2 podium mics)
  • (1) Small Podium with a wired microphone (limit 2 podium mics)
  • (4) Wireless handheld microphones
  • (4) Wireless lavaliere microphones (headsets or tie clip)
  • (2) Wired flat top microphones (limit 2)

*Included AV equipment must be advanced with your event coordinator 14 days prior.

Additional Graham Chapel AV Equipment (Fees Apply)*

(1) Small Screen with portable projector: $50

*Fee applies to all group types (staff, faculty, SU recognized student groups, affliated university groups, external groups)

Harvey Media Center AV Equipment Rentals Available (charges may apply).

Harvey Media Center can provide additional AV Equipment and Services for Campus Life event spaces.

Examples of additional HMC Event Services & AV include (but not limited to):

  • Dedicated AV technician
  • Panel discussion microphone package
  • Portable Fender PA system
  • Projector / screens
  • Cameras

It is advisable to request any necessary equipment as soon as possible and no less than 48 hours in advance. Equipment availability is not guaranteed. Please contact your event coordinator to discuss the use of non-university AV companies in this space.

Chapel Notes

Food and beverage are prohibited in Graham Chapel.

Other than for communion elements, alcohol is strictly prohibited anywhere on the chapel’s premises.

Learn about using Graham Chapel as a wedding ceremony space.

Exclusive to:

WFF Housekeeping Services

All setup/teardown & post-clean must be performed by WFF in this space.

For an estimate of WFF fees for setup, teardown & post-clean – contact your assigned event coordinator. 

Space Guidelines

Rental Rates

Request this Space

Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.