Kilworth Memorial Chapel is admired within the on- and off-campus communities as an exceptional venue for weddings. Classically elegant, the New England style chapel holds a special place in the hearts of many and is an inclusive and accessible space for all those with a relationship to the University of Puget Sound. This relationship may be a student, staff, faculty, alumni, or a relative or friend of any of these constituents. The chapel is also available to community members, provided space is available and with special permission from the chapel office.
The chapel is available for weddings throughout the year, with the exception of:
The chapel may be reserved for up to 4 hours anytime between 9:00am-10:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The 4-hour block must include times for set-up, ceremony, clean-up, and photography. In addition to the wedding ceremony reservation, a 1½ hour wedding rehearsal will be scheduled. This typically takes place the day before the wedding. For information about wedding rehearsals or weekday ceremony reservations, please contact the Kilworth Memorial Chapel office at 253.879.2751 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reservations may be made by completing and submitting the reservation form, contract, and payment in full to the Kilworth Memorial Chapel office. These forms may be requested by contacting any of the chapel staff at 253.879.2751 or email@example.com. Reservations may be made up to one year in advance of the ceremony.
Forms may be submitted via email, fax, or mail:
University of Puget Sound
The Center for Intercultural & Civic Engagement
Attn: Kilworth Memorial Chapel
1500 N. Warner St., CMB 1082
Tacoma, WA 98416-1082
f: Attn: Kilworth Memorial Chapel at 253.879.3810
For payment, we accept checks, Visa, or MasterCard. Please make checks payable to “University of Puget Sound.” If paying by credit card, please bring payment to our office, located in the yellow house with the green door, 3219 North 13th Street or call 253.879.2751. A copy of the receipt and a confirmation letter will be mailed within two weeks to the primary contact address provided.
Tours are scheduled and guided by our talented chapel assistants. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to schedule a chapel tour.
Kilworth Memorial Chapel
3410 North 18th Street
Tacoma, WA 98416
Kilworth Memorial Chapel: 300 guests
* 36 pews, 18 on either side of the aisle (55’x5’) (wheelchair accessible)
* Chancel/stage (wheelchair accessible)
* Windows: 16 total, 5 on either side of the pews, 1 above either exit door, and 2 on either side of the stage. Width – 3 feet, 9 inches
Lounge: 175 guests standing; 100 guests seated (wheelchair accessible)
Gail Day Chapel: 30 guests
Food and non-alcoholic beverages may only be served and consumed in the chapel lounge and lounge foyer (the basement).
Smoking is prohibited inside and within 25 feet of the chapel. Any person exhibiting behavior consistent with substance use must be turned away by the responsible party.
The use and distribution of alcohol is prohibited anywhere on the grounds or inside the facility of Kilworth Memorial Chapel unless authorized by the Use Agreement and chapel office, and then only in compliance with the further limitations stated within the Kilworth Memorial Chapel Alcohol Policy.
Those with a relationship to the University of Puget Sound, be they a student, faculty/staff member, alumnus/a, or a relative/friend, and community members are welcome to reserve the chapel for their special ceremony at a use fee of:
|Relative or Friend of the Above||
|Community Member (no affiliation)||
**Additional hours are prorated at $100 per hour with a maximum of 3 additional hours
** Additional hours require prior approval by chapel staff
Rates are subject to change.
The use fee includes:
A chapel assistant will be in attendance at all events (both rehearsal and ceremony). This person will help with the set-up of chapel equipment, the locking and unlocking of doors, the sound system, and other chapel-related concerns.
The chapel assistant does not serve as a wedding or event coordinator.
The organ in Kilworth Chapel is named in honor of Bethel Schneebeck. Ms. Schneebeck has generously enriched the artistic and cultural life of the University of Puget Sound and the community.
Many small village chapels throughout northern Germany and Holland house pipe organs built over 300 years ago during the early Baroque period. Their pipes, stop and key mechanisms, and valves have survived numerous changes in style and technological advances. Paul Fritts and Company designed the organ in Kilworth Chapel after these European masterpieces.
Paul Fritts, University of Puget Sound '73, built his first organ in 1978. The Paul Fritts and Company organs are known and respected throughout the world. Built in 1990, the Bethel Schneebeck Organ is the largest and most intricate of his creations. Each level of construction, from the shaping of the pipes to the detailed touches on the ornate cabinet, was customized for the chapel. The 20 foot tall façade of piped and delicate gold scroll-work above the dwarfed bench and keyboard is a magnificent sight for all guests.
Only organists approved by the University of Puget Sound may play the Bethel Schneebeck Organ. Payment should be arranged between the person using the facility and the organist.
The University of Puget Sound is a private educational institution and use of its facilities is similar to any use of private property. These privileges of use are extended by the university under a Permit for a Fee, which approximates the cost to the university for such use. Any use of the facilities is subject to prior agreement and payment of the permit fee. Failure to comply will result in the cancellation of your reservation.
Any function not specified by and for Puget Sound students, any non-university related group, or any program imposing charges (including, but not limited to, a registration fee, tuition, or donation) will be subject to both the permit fee and approval of the use.
Use of university facilities is subject to the following terms, conditions, and limitations. All rules and regulations regarding public meeting places must be observed. In addition, the university imposes the following regulations: