Substance Architecture


Drake University Oreon E. Scott Memorial Chapel

Des Moines, Iowa

One of the finest examples of modern architecture in the State of Iowa is the Oreon E. Scott Memorial Chapel on the Drake University campus in Des Moines. Designed by internationally famous architect Eero Saarinen.

substance was commissioned to restore the Chapel to its original beauty and address the issues of maintaining the building’s integrity. Working from the original construction drawings, we carefully researched both the building’s conceptual underpinnings and its construction, to faithfully repair the work and sensitively develop new detailing where appropriate.

The project was taken on pro-bono as part of our commitment to Iowa’s architectural heritage with particular emphasis on the important role architecture from the mid-twentieth century plays in current architectural thought.


Design Award – Religious Architecture – Restoration, 2012
Faith & Form Magazine and The Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture

Design Award for Restoration, 2007
Contract Magazine's 29th Annual Design Awards

Honor Award – Restoration, 2007
American Institute of Architects - Iowa Chapter

Excellence in Historic Preservation, 2007
City of Des Moines


Faith & Form, Winter 2012
Architecture Minnesota, March 2010
Contract, January 2008
Iowa Architect, 07:262

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