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Charles Edward Stade Papers Collection

Identifier: sc.2000.01.01

Scope and Contents

This collection contains three boxes and 7 tubes. The tubes contain blueprints and the boxes contain correspondences, meeting minutes, and notes.

Box Three: Insurance information

There are a vast amount of papers on insurances on the University as well as the Hagerman Construction Co.

Rain, accident, electric, wind...almost anything that could possibly go wrong was thought of by the company.

Almost everything was copied to the Lutheran University Association.

Valpo's limit of liability went up to $300,00 for body injuries.

Some charges are signed only for $6, others for thousands - this is perfect evidence to the amount of paperwork put into building the chapel. ________

Koehler Insurance

Letter of completion

November 19, 1959 letter from the university to the Lutheran University Associatian that the chapel had been completed to Stade's specifications.

_____ Standard form of agreement between contractor and owner for construction of buildings

Between Hagerman construction and the university

October 1 - 1956 _______________ Waivers of Lien

There are 30-40 papers of Lien Waivers between Hagerman and the University on everything from sidewalks outside the west lawn to the university chapel ______________ Contract between the Lutheran Univ. Ass. and Stade

protected Stade, ensured he got paid - especially for re-drafts ordered by the university

Maintains the cost be set at 950,000 NOT including any furnishings. Stade was looking at electrical estaments and stuff througout the process. ___________ Letters between buildings and ground and VP AF Scribner

Basically, throughout the first few years of the chapel, although it was dedicated, there were still kinks that were needed to be worked out.

"the door is not aligned perfectly, but it is not enough for too much of a concern" _________________

MOELERRING LIBRARY: Carl Sacthleben is the director of libraries.

Oliver Dunn created the designs for the furniture of the library Information about the Library is packed full in this folder. ___________________ On Moellering library design in letter to Carl Sacthleben of SLU - From Stade

"...I felt that a more unusual design with greater felixibility and informality may be worth investigating."

__________ NEWSPAPER ARTICLES: in the box. Quick enterances were key because all students needed to be able to get there for chapel worship daily.

Meant to be for more than religion, that is why he stayed away especially from gothic, romanesque architecture - Stade felt that it had been done.

new brick color invented - Valparaiso Amber was created for the building

Simplicity is not to be confused with bareness ^^ Stade Notes in the paper

Paper for Electrical Engineers: "Perhaps the finest church architecture in the midwest if not the US has gone up at Valparaiso, In. It is the University Memorial Chapel on the Valparaiso University campus, a site that has a history dating back to 1959." "The chancel rises like a tower of light above the nave. An ingenious system of lights separates it from the nave as the occasion arises."

The electrical contractor was Van Ness Electrical co of Valparaiso and the engineer was Nachman Vragel and associates of Chicago __________ Not in folders: Letters between AR Kretzzman and Stade that went into detail regarding edits on Chapel and Moellering Library Designs. LOTS of Blueprints were originially in this box.


  • 1954 - 1974


Language of Materials

Mostly English with a few untranslated German letters.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Edward Stade (1923-1993), American architect and designer, was born in Des Plaines, Illinois to Chris E. and Martha (Drexler) Stade. His National Architectural License is #2041 and was also awarded licenses in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennslyvania,and Wisconsin. His undergraduate career was completed as a BS in Architecture from the University of Illinois and his MFA in Architecture was completed at Princeton University. His architectural firm began in 1948, when he founded it. Stade served the American Society of Church Architects as its outgoing president in the 1960's, and was an influential part of 20th century postmodern Lutheran church architechture. Although he built landmark churches (including Valparaiso's own Chapel of the Resurrection), what he prided himself most on was his congeniality and mindfulness of others when he designed his works -- he consulted with hospital patients, students and preachers rather than just the entity commisioning the work.

Dr. AR Kretzmann(??-??) Served as the Liturgical Consultant on the Memorial Chapel. His brother was O.P. Kretzmann, president of the university. He shared in Stade's vision that the chapel "should not be an ordinary Church of exaggerated proportions but rather a monumental building designed to meet the exacting requirements of an acedemic communtiy with Chapel devitions as a part of the daily schedule for every student.."

Maurice Dolan (??-??) was one of Stade's associates at his firm. He is CC'd on many of the correspondences in this collection. He completed his BS in Architectural Engineering from the University of Illinois.


3 Boxes : Two smaller boxes and 1 larger box

11 Volumes (There are 11 Tubes of Blueprints)


1) 1956-65 Chapel Acoustics and Amplicifcation 2)1956-57 Organ Placement, Chapel Marketing and Interior of Moellering Library 3)Chapel 1955-57 - Pertaining to O.P. Kretzmann 4)1956-60 - Brandt Campanile 5)1956-59 - Chapel - Other (electrical plans, liturgical art, the altar) 6)1959-1961 Interior Chapel Plans

1) Moellering Library and Administration Building 2)Moellering Library (1960-66) 3) 1958 Memorial Chapel interior and costs 4) 1957 Chapel - other 5)1956-1959 Memorial Chapel Stained Glass and Mosaics

Box 3: 1) 1958 Chapel Floorplans 2)1956-1959 Chapel Misc (clergy seats, early sketches and newspaper articles) 3)Chapel Construction contracts 4)1956 Brandt Campanile Information 5)1961-1974 letters between Ernst Schwidder and Charles E Stade 6)1965-1969 Moellering Library additions

MISC Chapel: Early sketches and detailed plans on blueprint papers

Tube 1

  1. Memorial Plaque for Narthex 7-25-63
  2. Cross and Candelabra for Memorial Chapel 7-25-63
  3. Announcement board, Memorial Chapel July 26,1963
  4. Chancel Drawings for Valparaiso University Chapel- sheets 1&2 1-3-1959
  5. Lower Level Plan of Henry F Moellerring Library 4.25.57
  6. First floor of Henry F Moellering library 4.25.57

Tube 4

  1. Free standing exterior cross Memorial Chapel 12.19.1962
  2. Unnamed “student Chapel” sketch, 12.19.62
  3. Sanctuary Lamp 11.7.62
  4. Special furnishings 11.7.62
  5. Cross and “6” Candelabra for Memorial Chapel 7.25.63

Tube 2

  1. Student chapel Valparaiso University WALKS 11.30.1956 2x copies from this date
  2. Student Chapel Valparaiso University WALKS revised 7.10.58
  3. Nave sketch - not dated
  4. Henry F Moellering Library basement plan and first floor plan 9.30.1957
  5. Interior Chapel Scheele 10.1.1963
  6. Memorial Plaque for Narthex 4.19.1963
  7. Cross and Candelabra for Memorial Chapel 4.20.63
  8. Announcement board for Memorial Chapel 4.19.63

Tube 3

  1. Chancel Details for main chancel of Guild Chapel sheets 1&2 9.9.59 revisions
  2. Altar at E guild Chapel engineering proof sheets 1and 2 1.20.59
  3. Student Chapel preliminary print not dated sheets 1 and 2
  4. Interior Chapel Scheele 10.1.63

Tube 5

  1. Valparaiso University Outdoor Chapel and meditation walk
  2. Memorial Plaque for Narhex 7.3.61
  3. Sanctuary lamp 1.14.64
  4. Proposed font for baptistery Memorial Chapel 1.7.64
  5. Proposed campus sign 7.24.64
  6. Central heating plan sheets 1 and 2. Not dated

Tube 6

  1. Pulpit plan not dated
  2. Announcement board 7.26.63
  3. Clergy seats 6.18.59
  4. Revised gallery plan not dated
  5. Cross and Candelabra 9.9.63

Tube 7

  1. Preliminary study of profiles for meditation walk and driveway 12.11.1956
  2. Detail Plan for altar only brass work to be done at later date- student Chapel. 11.19.1958
  3. Student Chapel- lower level offices 9.12.1958
  4. Lectern for Valparaiso Student Chapel 11.28.1958
  5. Student Chapel Valparaiso University 8.15.1957 sheets 1,2,3

Tube 8

  1. Announcement board 8.23.1963
  2. Announcement board 8.23.1963
  3. Announcement board 8.23.1963
  4. Announcement board 8.23.1963
  5. Announcement board 4.19.1963

Tube 9

  1. August 5 1965 library layout
  2. December 6, 1962 finishing stack room- Moellering library
  3. August 5 1965 library layout
  4. 1.14.1964 sanctuary lamp memorial chapel
  5. August 5 1965 library layout
  6. 4.19.65 memorial Plaque for Narthex of memorial library

Tube 10

  1. Residence for Dr and Mrs OP Kretzzman- not dated
  2. Student Chapel- balcony. September 16, 1957
  3. General steel blueprint organ platform 8.4.1958
  4. General steel blueprint organ platform 8.6.1958

Tube 11

  1. Chancel drawings for Valparaiso University student Chapel 1.3.1959- sheets 1-3
  2. Lectern designed by AR Kretzzman 12.14.1956
  3. Valparaiso University Reflected Plan of Altar by Peter Dohmen Studios
  4. The chapter house for the Lutheran Deaconess Association by Froese Mack and Becker Architects. Not dated
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Repository Details

Part of the Valparaiso University Special Collections Repository

1410 Chapel Drive
Valparaiso IN 46383 United States