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Update: Renovated UMass Amherst chapel opens

Amherst , MA., 10/21/16, The finishing touches are going up on the historic chapel. The historic Old Chapel at UMass Amherst reopens this fall after being closed for nearly 20 years because of safety concerns. Globe staff/Suzanne Krater
SUZANNE KREITER/GLOBE STAFF/file 2016
The finishing touches are going up on the historic chapel.
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The Old Chapel at UMass Amherst, perhaps the university’s most recognizable building, has reopened to the campus community following a $21 million renovation.

As the Globe’s Andy Rosen wrote in October: “What had been a dated, cluttered interior with facilities too old for safe public occupancy has given way to an airy space intended to re-establish the chapel as a focal point of the campus that grew up around it.’’

Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy made the project a priority. The granite and sandstone building dates to 1884 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places last year.