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Christ Chapel

Intimate Moments in a Historic Setting

  • Christ Chapel

  • Bride entering Christ Chapel

  • Christ Chapel Stained Glass Window

  • Christ Chapel with extension

  • Bride and Groom with Family Outside Christ Chapel

Built in 1866, one of Idaho’s oldest churches sits south of the Boise River and east of the Boise State campus. With its rich history and stunning stained glass windows, Christ Chapel offers an intimate setting for your wedding, religious ceremony, or lecture. 

Rental Rates

Christ Chapel is $75.00 per hour with a 2-hour minimum per event. Rental charges must be paid in full at the time of booking to secure your event date. Christ Chapel will not be available for rent on major holidays, Boise State football home games, or other large University events.

FAQ

SEATING

Christ Chapel holds approximately 100 people in original wooden pew seating.

ACCESSIBILITY

Christ Chapel is a historic building and does not include a ramped entrance for guests in wheelchairs or with limited mobility to independently access the facility. There are 5 steps leading up to the main entrance.

Weddings

CEREMONIES AND OUTDOOR RECEPTIONS

Wedding parties hosting events during spring, summer, or fall can take advantage of the Christ Chapel grounds to host a small reception. University Event Services can deliver equipment at an additional cost or honor agreements between the reserving party and a local event rental company who meets the insurance requirements of Boise State University.

WEDDING CONSULTATION

Your Event Coordinator will work with you and your vendors to create the best layout for your ceremony in at Christ Chapel and reception on the grounds or other University Event Services event space.

REHEARSALS

Wedding rehearsals are available for $75 per hour in addition to the two-hour minimum booking on your wedding day.

FOOD, BEVERAGE & LINENS

All of your food, beverage, and linen needs can be arranged through your Event Coordinator.  We are excited to help make your event exceptional by providing delicious food, excellent service, and a variety of beverage choices, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for enjoyment on venue grounds. Wedding cakes and specialty desserts may be purchased and enjoyed on venue grounds for service as long as they are made by a professional baker who meets the University’s vendor liability insurance requirements.

Parking

EVENT PARKING OPTIONS

We are committed to providing each client with the most convenient parking for your guests. Parking arrangements are required and will be made through your Event Coordinator during the event planning process.

Hosted Event Parking –The reserving party may choose to pay for parking for their guests at the Event Parking Rate of $2.00 per space, per day.  To enjoy parking privileges, guests will display a dashboard permit in their car.  This permit is emailed to the reserving party prior to the event date and can be shared guests in advance, or made available as guests arrive on-site for your event.

** Parking availability may be impacted by other events taking place on campus at the same time.  Please consult with your Event Coordinator for the best parking plan.

History

Christ Chapel, located on the Boise State University campus, was moved to the present location at the corner of Broadway and 1010 Campus Lane in 1964.  The chapel is a Historic Shrine, built in 1866, which has been restored to be as authentic as possible. It was originally built on Seventh and Bannock streets.

At the time, it cost $1500 in gold which was earned by the women of the congregation through ice cream socials, selling fancy needlework and quilts, and talent shows. The organ and the wood for the church were shipped to Boise from Cape Horn. Reverend St. Michael Fackler held the first services on September 2, 1866, but he died in October of the same year. The congregation named the church in his honor, St. Michael’s, on August 29, 1867. It moved from its place on seventh and Bannock in 1902 when St. Michaels cathedral was dedicated; it had served as the primary place of Episcopal worship until St. Michael’s Cathedral was built. It was then renamed Christ Chapel and moved to Fifteenth and Ridenbaugh until 1963. In 1963 the board for the church was formed in order to relocate, restore, and operate the historic church because St. Michael’s indicated they could no longer do so. On May 17, 1964, it was rededicated and moved to its current location on the Boise State Campus. The church had been the setting of many early religious events that took place in Idaho’s history. Christ Chapel was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Today, the church is still owned and operated by the Christ Chapel Historical Society. The three original members of this board were William Spofford Jr. (St. Michael’s), Pearl Koontz (Sons and Daughters of Idaho Pioneers), and Eugene Chaffee (Boise State).