I’ve visited Colorado Springs several times in the past, but this year when Tom & I visited, we decided to make the best of the mid-day lighting by visiting probably one of the most iconic sights in Colorado Springs … the Cadet Chapel at the US Air Force Academy.
The Cadet Chapel hosts between 500,000 and 1,000,000 visitors annually. I’m sure glad that we put it on our “to see” list for 2014. The building is fascinating, constructed of aluminum, glass & steel, it stands 150′ high and possesses 17 spires (no specific reason for 17).
It cost $3.5 million dollars to construct, which began in 1959 and was completed in 1962. In 1959, air force military bases across the world gave an offering for funding its completion.
There are several chapels within the building, the biggest being the Protestant chapel.
It seats 1,200 attendees in pews made of walnut and mahogany. Each pew end is capped with an ornament that is said to resemble a World War 1 airplane propeller. The pew backs are capped by an aluminum strip which resembles the leading edge of a fighter aircraft wing.
Underneath the Protestant chapel lies 3 additional chapels – Catholic, Jewish, and Buddhist. In addition, there are 2 non-denominational rooms present.
In 2004, the Cadet Chapel was designated a US Historic Landmark. It was quite fascinating to see … can’t believe that it took me so long. It truly left an impression on both of us.