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UMass Amherst Old Chapel Restoration Earns Honor


    An historic preservation organization is honoring UMass Amherst for the $21 million two-year renovation of the Old Chapel building.

    The Victorian Society in America is commending the project for its “comprehensive exterior restoration and adaptive use of the interior.”  

    The Old Chapel, built in 1885, reopened this year after it had been closed 18 years due to structural deterioration.

     After he was hired five years ago, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy e made restoring the Old Chapel a priority.

     " Everyone said ' why haven't we done that', so quickly support fell in place for getting it renovated," he said.

      The building is a multi-purpose facility. The top floor has a large open space for performances and lectures.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.