The University of Iowa

Danforth Chapel

William H. Danforth

Honoree: William H. Danforth


  • Through the Danforth Foundation, William H. Danforth subsidized the construction of 24 Danforth Chapels on college campuses around the United States, and one in Japan
  • Founded Ralston-Purina in St. Louis, Missouri in 1894
  • Co-founder of the American Youth Foundation (AYF) and the author of the book, I Dare You!

Danforth Chapel Side View


Description of facility:

William Danforth erected 24 Danforth Chapels on American college campuses during the 1940s and 1950s. Constructed with funds from a gift by Mr. and Mrs. William H. Danforth of the Danforth Foundation of St. Louis, the nondenominational chapel occupies a picturesque site on the east bank of the Iowa River. Inside, a plaque reads: “To aspire nobly, to live daringly, to serve humbly.”

Address: 15 West Jefferson Street
Year built: 1952
Additional building information: Danforth Chapel

Aerial View of Building