The chapel was dedicated in 1899 and was named for Samuel Tagart, President of the Board of Trustees when the school was founded in 1873. The chapel is home to many school-related events. We are happy to accommodate weddings and other non school-related events in the chapel based on availability; however, school- and campus-related activities take precedence.
The main level of the chapel can seat 225. The balcony provides additional seating for 40, but visibility is limited. There are 12 pews on each side plus a wooden railing in front of the first row of pews. There is one center aisle and no side aisles. The distance of the center aisle from the door to the bottom of the first step is 40 feet, and the distance from the first step to the altar is 22 feet. The nearest restrooms are located in Elderkin Hall, the Lower School building next to the chapel. There is no air conditioning in the chapel. The Lower School library can serve as a gathering place before the ceremony, if desired.
The Chapel fee is $450 which includes three hours for the ceremony and 1 1/2 hour for a rehearsal, if needed. An additional $125 fee is added if the ceremony exceeds three hours, and an additional fee of $50 is added if the rehearsal exceeds 1 1/2 hour.
The three hours allotted on the ceremony day include delivery and placement of flowers and decorations, the ceremony, photography, and removal of all items. The grounds must appear in a clean manner as before the ceremony (no water bottles, flower petals, rice, paper, etc. on the driveway or lawn); otherwise, there will be an additional charge of $100.
Florists may not use adhesive on the pews nor nails for hanging decorations. The chapel has a unity candle and stand if you wish to use it. The wedding party is responsible for arranging a clergyman, organist, carillonneur, or any other musician. McDonogh can provide organist and carillonneur contacts. If you wish to use an organist not affiliated with McDonogh, please obtain permission from Philip Olsen, Head of Choral Music, at 410-769-8505.
Jen Little is the Chapel Coordinator, and all requests must be made through her. Jen can be reached weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 443-544-7057 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again for your interest in McDonogh’s Tagart Memorial Chapel, and we look forward to working with you!