The Peace Chapel is an environmental landscape site designed by architect Maya Lin. It occupies a 14-acre site within the 170-acre Baker-Henry Nature Preserve. Located near the Juniata College campus, the Peace Chapel provides a contemplative setting within the rolling hills of central Pennsylvania.

Peace Chapel Landscape at Juniata College

Designed and constructed in 1988-1989, the Peace Chapel consists of two sites. The larger site is defined by a 40-foot circle of rough granite stones that line a shallow well at the top of a hill. A series of smoothly polished granite steps lead from the footpath up to the circle of stones. The smaller site occupies the top of a slightly higher neighboring hill. This smaller site consists of a 4-food diameter smooth granite disk set within the forest that blankets the hill. From the disk one can peer through the trees to the distant hill and view the larger circle of stones.

The Peace Chapel was created through the generous support of Elizabeth Evans Baker and John Calhoun Baker (Juniata Class of 1917).

Other Works by Maya Lin

  • The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C.
  • Civil Rights Memorial, Montgomery, Alabama
  • The Women's Table, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

The Peace Chapel is open daily from dawn to dusk. Please contact the Juniata College Museum of Art (814-641-3505).

Directions

Peace Chapel Overhead at Juniata College

From State College and North-Central Pennsylvania (45 miles from State College)

  • PA Route 26 South to Huntingdon
  • As you approach Huntingdon, watch for signs to the hospital (a blue "H") and a right directional sign for Petersburg. These signs direct to Cold Springs Road.
  • Turn Right onto Cold Springs Road.
  • Follow Cold Springs Road for several miles.
  • Turn Left onto Warm Springs Avenue (if you see the entrance sign to Westminster Woods, you have gone too far).
  • Travel four blocks and Turn Left onto Peace Chapel Road.
  • Parking is located 200 yards on the right.

From Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania (117 miles from Pittsburgh)

  • US Route 22 East to Huntingdon
  • In Huntingdon, left onto 4th Street (major intersection with traffic lights and location of Raystown Shopping Center)
  • Left onto Penn Street
  • Right onto 6th Street
  • Left onto Moore Street
  • Continue on Moore Street through town and past Juniata College (between 17th and 19th streets).
  • Once past the College turn right at the stop sign onto Cold Springs Road.
  • Continue on Cold Springs Road After passing Westminster Woods, prepare to turn right.
  • Turn Right onto Warm Springs Avenue.
  • Travel four blocks and Turn Left onto Peace Chapel Road.
  • Parking is located 200 yards on the right.

From Easton, Harrisburg and Eastern Pennsylvania (93 miles from Harrisburg)

  • US Route 78 West to Harrisburg
  • Follow signs to Lewistown on US I-283 North
  • In Lewistown, take US Route 22 West to Huntingdon
  • In Huntingdon, turn right onto 4th Street (major intersection with traffic lights and location of Raystown Shopping Center)
  • Left onto Penn Street
  • Right onto 6th Street
  • Left onto Moore Street
  • Continue on Moore Street through town and past Juniata College (between 17th and 19th streets).
  • Once past the College turn right at the stop sign onto Cold Springs Road.
  • Continue on Cold Springs Road, after passing Westminster Woods, prepare to turn right.
  • Turn Right onto Warm Springs Avenue.
  • Travel four blocks and Turn Left onto Peace Chapel Road.
  • Parking is located 200 yards on the right.

From Washington, D.C. and Maryland (151 miles from Washington, D.C.)

  • US I-70 West to Hagerstown
  • US 1-80 north to Greencastle
  • PA Route 16 to McConnellsburg
  • US Route 522 North to Mt. Union
  • US Route 22 West to Huntingdon
  • In Huntingdon, turn right onto 4th Street (major intersection with traffic lights and location of Raystown Shopping Center)
  • Left onto Penn Street
  • Right onto 6th Street
  • Left onto Moore Street
  • Continue on Moore Street through town and past Juniata College (between 17th and 19th streets).
  • Once past the College turn right at the stop sign onto Cold Springs Road.
  • Continue on Cold Springs Road, after passing Westminster Woods, prepare to turn right.
  • Turn Right onto Warm Springs Avenue.
  • Travel four blocks and Turn Left onto Peace Chapel Road.
  • Parking is located 200 yards on the right.