Rudge Memorial Chapel

Located in Lincoln, Nebraska

Scope of Work


Berggren Architects is restoring Rudge Memorial Chapel.

Project Completion


This project is currently active.

The History

Built in 1938.

The chapel was constructed in 1938 and designed by Davis & Wilson Architects.


Lincoln, Nebraska

Rudge Memorial Chapel is located in Lincoln, Nebraska.


Rudge Memorial Chapel

In 2018, Berggren Architects started working on Rudge Memorial Chapel with a conditions assessment. The first priority from this assessment was to solve the ongoing moisture intrusion problem afflicting the historic chapel in Lincoln Nebraska. The chapel has sat on the grounds of Wyuka Cemetery since 1938 and was designed by Lincoln’s pre-eminent architecture firm of the time, Davis and Wilson.

This complex issue necessarily required a multi-phase project. We chose to focus on each potential source of moisture intrusion one at a time. First, a careful examination of the room dismissed it as a source of the issue. In the summer of 2020, the foundation was exposed, dampproofing was applied, and site drainage was corrected. The 2021 phase of the project will focus on improving ventilation and humidity control. Future phases will address the chapel’s further issues, including the restoration of the rose window, the sanctuary window, and the repointing of the exterior masonry. Skilled craftsmen are individually selected for the important job of restoring this iconic landmark.