The Chapel, completed in 1963, is the focal point of the Cadet Area. Its unique design was widely criticized by the public and politicians at first. With its 17 aluminum spires soaring 150 feet into the air, the Chapel has become a symbol of the Air Force Academy. The interior provides three distinct worship areas: the Protestant Chapel, the Catholic Chapel, and the Jewish Chapel.
Questions for Photo 6
1. Why do you think the Chapel received so much negative publicity at first?
2. In your own words, how would you describe the Chapel? Do you think it is an appropriate worship space? Why or why not?
3. Reread the quote by Secretary Talbott in Reading 3 regarding his vision for the Academy. Do you think the Chapel's design reflected his goals? Why or why not?
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