Graham Memorial Chapel

Sunlight streams through the stained glass at Graham 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.

Rental Fee

University-Administered Events $150 per day
Housekeeping fees may apply
University-Affiliated Personal Events $350 per hour
Includes housekeeping fees
Corporate/Community Events $400 per hour
Includes housekeeping fees
Wedding Ceremony $1000

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Space Guidelines

  • Events hosted in this space must comply with the guidelines.
  • This space is exclusive to WFF housekeeping services. Clients may not move the furniture.
  • Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.
  • Light refreshments that do not require a heat source are allowed in the Graham Memorial Chapel basement and the Green Room area upstairs. Food is not allowed anywhere else in the building.
  • 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.

Space Amenities

  • Large podium
  • 2 pedestal podiums
  • 1 large high-back chair
  • 4 large low-back chairs
  • 1 double kneeler
  • 2 short (2 foot high) pedestal tables
  • 2 tall (3 foot high) pedestal tables
  • 25 stacking padded chairs
  • Two 3 foot x 3 foot over-pew tables
  • Music Stands
  • Steinway Grand Piano
  • Two candelabras that hold seven (provided) candles each
  • One unity candle holder that holds two taper candles and a large unity candle (unity candle and tapers not provided)

Space 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 11 people for a total of 589 seats on the floor.
  • The middle aisle is 42 inches wide and 105 feet long.
  • The balcony seats 196 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.

Organ Usage

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.

Equipment and Audio-Visual Features

  • 3 microphones – choose from:
    • Wired handheld microphones
    • Wireless handheld microphones
    • Wireless lavaliere microphones (headsets or tie clip)
    • Wired flat top microphones (limit 2)
    • Wired podium microphones (limit 2)
  • 4 Full-height microphone stands
  • 4 Tabletop microphone stands
  • iPod/MP3 player connections
Additional Equipment and Services Cost
Video Screen Package

  • Projector
  • 20’ x 20’ ceiling-mounted screen
  • DVD player
  • 3 microphones
  • 3 hours of tech time
  • iPod connection/VGA input from balcony or stage
Choir Microphones $50 each
Wireless Microphone Package

  • Up to 4 wireless microphones
  • Set up/tear down and 2 hours of tech time
Staffed by a technician $30 per hour
Staffed by a technician if scheduled within 2 weeks of the event $40 per hour
Additional microphones

  • No more than 8 total
  • Limited number of wired and wireless channels available
$35 each

Note:  Please work with your Event Coordinator as early as possible for all audio/visual needs.  Requests less than 2 weeks in advance are not guaranteed.  Nonuniversity AV companies are not permitted in this space.