Robert Carr Chapel to be more accessible in time for summer weddings


Robert Carr Chapel is under construction. This is a view of the gate blocking off the chapel and a little look into what is going on inside the gate.

By Sara Colbert

TCU’s Robert Carr Chapel is hidden behind screened fencing while construction crews make it more easily accessible to those with disabilities.

The chapel should be ready by this summer to host the nuptials of 25 couples planning to tie the knot between June and August.

“When people first heard of the closure, we received mixed responses,” said Kayli Burnett, Carr Chapel coordinator. “Some people were excited for what is to come, while others were nostalgic for what is being altered.”

Workers are installing ramps on both sides of the chapel so that people do not have to use the ramps at the entrance of Beasley Hall to access the chapel. Two restrooms are being equipped so that they are accessible for people with disabilities.

There will also be a lift so that people in wheelchairs can get on and off the stage. The tile floor is being replaced with wood.

The chapel will not be destroyed or ruined in the construction process, Harold Leeman said. Leeman serves as the associate director for planning, designing, and construction for the Carr Chapel.

The chapel, built in 1954, is named for Robert Carr, a San Angelo rancher and oil man who funded the original construction.

Carr Chapel is a popular wedding destination. It has a 4.6 star ranking on Burnett said while there is a common misconception about a waiting list for he venue, she confirms that is not the case and that it is “a mistaken belief.”