Colorado College Tutt Library

Finding Aid to the John Gray Papers, Ms0099

(Architect of Colorado College's Shove Chapel)


John Gray was born in Carluke, Scotland, July 4, 1889, the son of Rev. John Gray, a minister of the United Presbyterian Church in Rothesay, Scotland. Young Gray attended high school in Stirling, Scotland. His earliest office training was with James Kerr, an architect in Lanark, and Sir John J. Burnet, an architect in Glasgow and London. Gray was associated with these two firms from 1904-1912. During the years 1909-1910, he studied architecture at the Glasgow School of Art.

In 1912 he came to Chicago where he worked for Holabird and Roche, Architects (1913), and Shipley, Rutan, and Coolidge, Architects (1914-1915). During this period he also attended night classes at the Art Institute of Chicago (1912-1913). While in Chicago he worked on new buildings for the University of Chicago, notably the Ida Noyes Hall for Women.

During World War I, Gray served as a warrant officer in the Canadian 5th Battalion Engineers, 2nd Division, and was awarded a meritorious service medal in France in 1918.

He returned to Chicago in 1919 where he was associated with Schmidt, Garden and Martin. From 1920-1922 Gray was employed by Coolidge and Hodgdon. With this firm her again worked on buildings of the University of Chicago, especially the Bond Memorial Chapel.

In 1922 Gray moved to Colorado for health reasons, and became associated with William White Stickney of Pueblo. During his three years with the Pueblo firm he designed the Colorado Springs Day Nursery, a gift of Alice Bemis Taylor in 1923. Later he was employed by the Allied Architects of Denver and M. H. and B. Hoyt of Denver. Gray designed many schools in southern Colorado including the oldest building on the University of Southern Colorado campus. He also worked on St. Martin's Chapel in Denver and the Denver Civic Center.

In 1929 Gray established a private practice in Pueblo. Shortly afterwards he submitted his designs for a chapel at Colorado College, and was selected from a group of nine architects in a national competition. Apart from small residences, Shove Memorial Chapel was Gray's first commission completed in his own name.

During World War II, he was commissioned as Flying Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force. After the war, Gray moved to New England where he designed a number of public buildings.

Upon his retirement, Gray and his wife returned to Pueblo. They moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico shortly before his death in 1975.


1889		Born July 4, Carluke Scotland

1889-1904	Attended high school of Stirling, Scotland

1909-1910	Attended Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

1913		Employee of Holabird and Roche, Chicago

1914-1915	Employee of Shipley, Rutan and Coolidge, Chicago

1915-1919	Served with Royal Canadian Engineers during WWI

1919-1920	Employed Schmidt, Garden and Martin, Chicago

1920-1922	Employed Coolidge, and Hodgdon, Chicago

1922-1925	Associated with W.W. Stickney Pueblo, Colorado

1925-1926	Associated with Allied Architects of Denver

1926-1927	Associated with M.H. and B. Hoyt of Denver

1927-1929	Associated with Allied Architects of Denver

1929		Selected in a national competition to design Shove
		Memorial Chapel at Colorado College

1931		Received Honorary Master of Fine Arts Degree, 
		Colorado College

ca1941		Commissioned as Flying Officer in Royal Canadian Air Force
		during WWII

		Retired to Pueblo

1975		Died October 26, at Los Alamos, New Mexico


The collection consists primarily of John Gray's correspondence and related items pertaining to the design and construction of Shove Memorial Chapel. Correspondence with college officials, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and artists comprise the bulk of the collection. Architectural drawings and photographs are also included.

An unpublished manuscript for a guidebook to Shove Memorial Chapel written by John Gray in 1975 is one of the most significant items in the collection since it represents the architect's own concepts for the chapel. The guidebook describes in detail the development of each of the stained glass windows, the memorial tablets, the bells and clock, the lighting, acoustics and public address system, heating and ventilation system, and the electrical system.

As much as possible John Gray's own arrangement has been maintained in the collection. Most of the file titles are taken directly from the original folders. However, during the course of the processing it was noted that in some cases the folders also included material about subjects not indicated by the title. For example, a folder titled "Colorado College Officials" contains correspondence on a variety of topics. This file was used apparently by the architect for letters which dealt with more than one subject, such as the organ and a particular window. Several other folders have this "catch-all" character and should be consulted by the researchers desiring complete coverage of particular topics.


Box 1


           Fd. 1   Preliminary sketches of Colorado 	61 items

		Fd. 2	Competition materials	12 items
	 Fd. 3	Early correspondence with college	21 items
			officials and others


		Fd. 4	"Outline specifications for 	1 item
			Colorado College Chapel"

		Fd. 5   "Specifications for the General	3 items
			Contract" 1930 (3 copies)

		Fd. 6	"General Contract Specifications," 	1 item
			1930 with Addenda No. 1, No. 2, and 
			No. 3.

		Fd. 7	"Electrical Contract Specifications"	6 items
			(2 copies)

			"Heating and Ventilating Specifications"

			"Specifications for Pews and Interior
			Furnishings", 1931 (2 copies)

			"Proposal form"

		Fd. 8	Cost estimates	37 items
			Notes, correspondence, and final 

		Fd. 9	Architect's agreement and bills to	67 items
			the college

		Fd. 10	Finances	23 items


		Fd. 11	Contractors before bids	24 items

		Fd. 12	General contract bids	12 items

		Fd. 13	Platt Rogers	82 items
			Monthly estimates

		Fd. 14	Platt Rogers	72 items
			correspondence, invoices, additions,
			and deductions to original contract

		Fd. 15	J. W. McCullough, civil engineer	35 items

		Fd. 16	Sub-bidders	46 items

		Fd. 17	Concrete tests	14 items

Box 2


		Fd. 18	Electrical bids	9 items

		Fd. 19	Sturgeon Electric Co.	72 items

		Fd. 20	George Mills and Curtis Lighting Co.	84 items

		Fd. 21	Lighting fixtures	48 items

		Fd. 22	Lighting	68 items


		Fd. 23	Bids	38 items

		Fd. 24	Heating and Ventilation contract, 	34 items
			McCarthy & Co.

		Fd. 25	Heating and Ventilation, Sept. 1929-	57 items
			Feb 1930

		Fd. 26	Heating and Ventilation, Mar. 1930-	58 items
			Dec. 1931


		Fd. 27	Roof	29 items

	 Fd. 28	Hardware	6 items

		Fd. 29	Floors, tiles, etc.	9 items

Box 3


		Fd. 30	Interior decoration	77 items

		Fd. 31	Wood carving, balcony fronts	28 items


		Fd. 32	Bronze tablet, etc.	100 items

		Fd. 33	Inscriptions	20 items


		Fd. 34	Pews	76 items

		Fd. 35	Pews	68 items

		Fd. 36	Lecture room furnishings	50 items

		Fd. 37	Cushions, choir rail, pulpit, etc	63 items

		Fd. 38	Visitors' desk	40 items

		Fd. 39	Sign board, document frames	55 items

		Fd. 40	Choir robes	5 items

		Fd. 41	Communion set	22 items

		Fd. 42	Radio, public address system	73 items

		Fd. 43	Acoustics	27 items

Box 4


		Fd. 44	Frederick Boothroyd	38 items

		Fd. 45	Organ companies	76 items

		Fd. 46	Bid file	15 items

		Fd. 47	Bids and Correspondence	39 items

		Fd. 48	Reuter organ	29 items

		Fd. 49	Welte-Tripp Organ Co., 1930	66 items
		Fd. 50	Welte-Tripp Organ Co., 1931	83 items
		Fd. 51	Welte-Tripp Organ Co., 1932	32 items


		Fd. 52	Bells, chimes	66 items

		Fd. 53	Gillette and Johnson	90 items

		Fd. 54	Gillette and Johnson	45 items

		Fd. 55	Bells and Organ (heating)	28 items

		Fd. 56	Extras in the general contract, 	27 items
			hoisting bells, organ installation

Box 5


		Fd. 57	General Correspondence	85 items

		Fd. 58	Carlton window	26 items

		Fd. 59	Jackson window	32 items

		Fd. 60	Shove Memorial Window	76 items

		Fd. 61	Nave windows	42 items

		Fd. 62	Nave windows, stained glass	77 items

		Fd. 63	Aisle windows	24 items

		Fd. 64	Other windows	41 items


		Fd. 65	Drafts	9 items

		Fd. 66	Contracts and payments	48 items

		Fd. 67	Correspondence	72 items

		Fd. 68	Clippings	4 items

		Fd. 69	Leaded glass	49 items

Box 6


		Fd. 70 	Requests for stone, Nov. 1929-	49 items
			Feb. 1930

		Fd. 71	Requests for stone, Mar.-May 1930	46 items

		Fd. 72	Requests for stone, Jun. 1930-	70 items
			Feb. 1931

		Fd. 73	Stone, authenticity documents	16 items

		Fd. 74	Stone	22 items

		Fd. 75	Cornerstone laying	31 items

		Fd. 76	Models for stone carving	71 items


		Fd. 77	News releases	11 items

		Fd. 78	Clippings	24 items

		Fd. 79	Correspondence	63 items

		Fd. 80	Clippings, calendar, booklet	6 items


		Fd. 81	Shove family	32 items

		Fd. 82	Site preparation and landscaping	17 items

		Fd. 83	Dedication of Shove Chapel	13 items

		Fd. 84	Description, 1940	2 items

		Fd. 85	Description of Architecture and 	22 items
			Color Decoration

		Fd. 86	Colorado License	5 items

		Fd. 87	Publishers	25 items

		Fd. 88	Honorary degree	5 items

		Fd. 89	Laura Gilpin	4 items

		Fd. 90	Colorado College officials	81 items

		Fd. 91	Miscellaneous matters, 1933-41	58 items

Box 7


		Fd. 92	"The Shove Memorial Chapel of Colorado	1 item
			College:  The Iconography of the 
			Stained Glass Windows," 1975
			(original typescript)

		Fd. 93	Shove Guidebook (unnumbered chapters	1 item
			of original typescript)

		Fd. 94	Data for guidebook	2 items
			"Painted ceilings" by Robert Wade
			"Description of building"

		Fd. 95	Data for guidebook	10 items

		Fd. 96	Clippings	10 items

		Fd. 97	Manuscript draft	1 item

		Fd. 98	Manuscript draft	1 items

		Fd. 99	Correspondence with Lloyd Worner	23 items
			concerning proposed guidebook,


		Mounted drawings and photographs of window 	22 items
		designs. (Three oversize photographs of rose
		windows placed with architectural drawings)

		Fd. 100 Photographs	62 items

			Shove Chapel under construction
			(interior and exterior details)
			2 3/4" x 4 1/2" b. & w. (25 items)

			Shove Chapel cornerstone ceremony
			5" x 7" b. & w. (11 items)

			Colorado College buildings
			postcard views, col. (9 items)

			Campus buildings and views by H. L.
			8" x 10" b. & w. (3 items)
			5" x 7"  b. & w. (3 items
			6 1/2" x 14 1/2" b. & w.  (1 item)

			The Ealde Chirche
			5" x 7" b. & w.            (5 items)

		Fd. 101 Negatives	49 items
			Shove Chapel under construction
			2 5/8" x 4 1/4" b. & w. (40 items)

			Shove Chapel, exterior views
			2 5/7" x 4 1/4" b. & w. (9 items)


		(See Appendix)

Box 8  
   Fd. 1
	 500    Section thru exterior base courses
                  Plan at Entrance portico, West elevation
                  Window W2, Basement floor      
           501    Full size detail of door to lecture room (ED 5)

           502    Section through arch entrance portico window
                    W136 Men's Toilet
                  Inscription panel recesses at  Entrance port-
                    ico west elevation

           503    Full size sill, Louvre openings 01,02,03
                  Full size windows W8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15
                  Fresh air intake universal heater lecture room

           504    Section coping on tower
                  Profiles of cap course, sill and buttresses
                  Morning chapel and tower

           505    Details of upper and lower recesses, string
                  courses of pinnacles on west elevation

506 Side elevation of Col. Capitals, entrance
       portical, west elevation
           507    Front elevation of Col. Capitals, entrance
                   portical, west elevation

           508    Full size detail of windows 135 in north
           509    Full size detail of windows 135 in north

   Fd 2   

           510    Detail of entrance doorway ED 7 North  

           511    Section thru Arch doorway ED7 North Vestibule
                  Plan at jamb  "    "      "     "      "
                  Exterior elevation "      "     "      "

           512    Plan and section at jamb, entrance doorway 
                   ED 4 south hall
                  Section thru sill, entrance doorway ED 6
                   north hall
                  Exterior Elevation of door ED 6
          513    Detail of coping & buttress offsets, N & S
                   vest. & south hall           
                  Section Gable coping

           514    Stone corbel under wood bracket entrance
                   to north hall
                  Side elevation
                  End elevation

           515    1/2 elevation of arch windows W115, 116, 117
                    Morning Chapel
           516    Full size section thru windows W115, 116, 117 
                    Morning Chapel  

           517    Full size section thru windows in North & 
                   South Aisles  

           518    Plan ar arched opening Narthex & North   
                  Section thru cap course NJ & S walls of entry
                  Section thru cap course Nave Piers
                  Elevation of camfer stop, base or arch opening
                  Plan of stone jamb, door D 106
                  Plan of jamb of openings between narthex &

           519    Details of window W114  South Hall
                  Details of window 218 & 219 upper part of 
                   South Hall

   FD 3  
           520    Details of window W112 & 113 South Hall

           521    Full size detail of corner stone

           522    Full size detail of clerestory windows
           523    Elevation base of Col. Ent. door ED7 to 
                   North Vestibule

           524a   Full size detail east windows morning chapel
           524b   Full size detail east windows morning chapel
           524c   Full size detail east windows morning chapel 
           524d   Full size detail east windows interior                             elevation of head

   Fd 4  
           526a   Full size detail west entrance ED 1 & ED 2
           526b   Full size detail west entrance ED 1 & ED 2
           526c   Full size detail stone inscription

           527    Full size detail radiator grilles in entry
                   west end

           528a,b,c   West Window  

           529    Panels of pinnacles, west elevation

           530a,b Inscription east wall exterior morning chapel

   Fd 5  
           531   Full size detail of stone finial on coping
                  of west gable  

           532a,b  Full size detail of recess for bronze tablet
                    in north hall of morning chapel  

           533    Full size detail of stone recess sill east 
                   elevation of pinnacles  

           534    Full size detail of offset in corner of 
                   pinnacles at elevation window sill on west

           535    Full size detail of stone coping on west gable

           536    Full size detail of light recess in north wall
                   of morning chapel  

           537    Full size detail of stone scupper south wall
                   of morning chapel  
           538    Full size detail of stone opening between radio
                   operators room and chancel

           539    Full size detail of opening morning chapel &
                   radio operators room

   Fd. 6  
           540    Full size detail of kick plates ED 1,2,3,4,7
                   D 111-117  

           541a,b,c   Full size detail of arched opening morning
                       chapel to chancel  

           542a,b   Arch entry to South Transept  

           543a,b   Arch entry to Morning Chapel
           544a,b,c   Full size detail of column of crossing
                       arch to chancel  

   Fd. 7    
           545    Full size detail of stone arch at D117 from
                   north transept to north hall  

           546a,b,c   Full size detail of stone arches at D112 
                       & D113 from chancel  
           547a,b   Full size detail door & frame at D109 -110

           548a,b   Full size detail door & frame at D111

           549    Full size detail door & frame D117  

           550    Full size detail of Door 201-203  

Box 9     
           551a,b   Full size detail of W1 upper ED3,4,7
                      and lower  
           552a,b   Full size detail of rose windows in north
                     transept  W 235  

           553a,b   Full size detail of rose windows in south
                     transept  W 217  

           554a,b   Full size detail of rose windows in chancel 

           555      Full size detail of door & frame  D112, D113

           556      Full size detail W-3-3,403, 501, 502
                     Sill W 301, 302, 304, 305, 401, 402, 404,405
                    String course elevation 37'9" in crossing; 
                     String course at elevation 45' 10" in
                     crossing, string course at elevation 57' 10
                     1/2" tower  

    Fd. 9  
          557    Full size detail and 1 1/2" scale details of
                  shed roof at exterior door to north hall

          558a,b,c  Full size detail of louvered openings in bell

         559    Full size detail of engaged column at three
                 corners of tower and tower coping

         560    Full size detail of oak louvers in arched
                 openings to bell chamber

         561    Full size detail of copper gutters and lead
                 conductor strops

         562    Full size detail of inscription on tower
                 (blue print in case)

                Full size detail of inscription on tower

   Fd. 10   
        564    Full size detail of W1 railing chancel &
                morning chapel

        565    Full size detail of fir beams morning chapel

        566a,b  Full size detail of turret above tower roof
                  (blue print)  

        567a,b,c,d  Full size detail of narthex screen

        567e    Detail of center beam of narthex screen

        568     Full size detail of conductor head

        569     Full size detail of W.1 straps ED5, push
                 bars D 108,109,110  hinge plate D106,107

   Fd. 11
        570     Full size detail weather vane

        571a    Full size detail W1 straps ED1, 2 (upper)
           b    Full size detail W1 straps ED1, 2 (lower)

        572     Full size detail of Roll molds at crossing of
                 chancel ceilings  
        573     Full size detail of blackboard and picture mold,                               west wall of lecture room
        574     Full size detail of W1 stair rail at north stairs                              to west balcony            
        575     Full size detail of W1 stair rail- south hall &                                w. rail north & south balcony
 576     Full size detail of W1 stair rail north hall
                 a   wings at side canopies

        577     Full size detail base of organ case

   Fd. 12
        578     Full size detail choir rail
                Wing at side canopies of organ case

        579     Lower spindrel between canopies

        580     Base of center canopy
        581     Top of center canopy

        582     Carved grilles at side of organ case & cornice                     over fabric screens  

        583     Full size plan and elevations of pulpit

        584     Full size sections through pulpit

        585     Rear end details

        586     Part elevation upper L.H. carved oak spandrel                      between canopies of organ case

   Fd. 13
        587     Part elevation upper L.H. carved oak spandrel
                 between canopies of organ case

        588     Organ screen details (Pinnacle)

        589     Organ screen details (Pinnacle)  

        590     Organ screen details (canopies)

        591     Organ screen plan

        592     Full size detail W.  I ?  grille in crossing

        593     Full size detail of communion table

        594     Full size detail of communion table

        595     Full size detail center seat at pulpit & seat at                  Morning Chapel

        596     Full size detail side seats at pulpit

   Fd. 14
        597     Lectern in Morning Chapel  

        598     Full size detail of copper enclosures at west                      balcony 

        599     Full size detail of upper part of oak memorial                     tablet in Morning Chapel

        600     Full size detail of lower part of oak memorial 
                 tablet in Morning Chapel

        601     Full size detail W 1 notice board

        602     Full size detail Thatcher memorial tablet

        603     Full size detail frame for document

        604     Full size detail visitor's desk

        605a    Full size detail sign board east front, ironwork
           b    Full size detail sign board, upper part
           c    Full size detail sign board, lower part
           d    Full size detail signs

Box 10

		Fd. 1	Correspondence, 1975

		Fd. 2	Correspondence, 1929-30
			24 items photocopied from materials
			held by Mrs. Gilmore

		Fd. 3	Manuscript, 1981
			Guidebook prepared by Timothy Fuller


     See photograph collection guide for additional photographs         of Shove Chapel.  Copies made, Sept. 1983 from originals          held by family members.

Box 11 (oversize)

#314      Welte- Tripp Organ Co.  ; Console Layout

          Cable diagram
          Combed ridge detail
          Gillette & Johnstone:  Proposed arrangement of Ting-                Tang clock in tower

#4132.1   Mettowee Stone Roofing Slate Layout

#4064     G & J   Proposed Carillon of 23 bells with frame for                   hour bell
          Welte- Tripp Organ Co. - revisions
          Plan of Organ screen
          Plan of Organ chambers (2)

          Colorado Springs Day Nursery

J. Gray's list  (Not in this collection)


      15      1/8" Detail partial plans and elevations showing                   increase in length of chancel

      16      Plans showing  revisions for organ installation

      17      1/4" Plans of blower showing duct for organ wires                  as installed 

      200     3/8" Details of chancel and Morning Chapel

      201     3/8" Section through west gable and balcony

      202     3/8" Details of West elevation, nave and north                     vestibule

      203     3/4" Plan of fresh air intake for universal heater                in lecture room  
              Section fresh air intake
              Section through east wall and robing room
              Elevation at NE corner of study and robing room
              Section and elevation through window W10
              Elevation of windows W119, W120, W121, W122, W123,                W124   
              Section through windows W13, W14 & W15
              Eave section               
              Details of louver openings

      204     3/4" Detail
              Plan and elevation and section, doorway ED 6 to                    North hall    
              Section through radiator recess on line W.W North                  hall  
              Section through radiator recess on line T.T North
              Section on line S-S
              Elevation and shed roof, exterior door to North                    hall
              Plan and elevation of window W1 and Area

      205     3/4" Details of steps at exterior entrance to south                hall   

      206     3/4" Details of gable coping, buttress offsets and                flashing at North and South vestibule 

      207     3/4" Details of windows W115, W116, and W117 in                    Morning Chapel

      208     1/4" Detail of entry point of steam and water mains
      209     3/4" Detail of setting ancient stones

      210     3/4" Details of typical clerestory window

      211     3/4" Details of east wall of Morning Chapel

      212     1/8" and 1/2" Details of Nave piers

      213     1/4" plan 3/4" Details transformer room

      214     3/4" Details of West entrance doorway

      215     1/4" Scale detail of windows 201, 202, 203 &                       pinnacles west elevation

      216     3/4" Detail of recess for bronze tablet in N. hall                & Morning Chapel    

      217     3/4" Detail of D 109 N. vestibule and N. aisle

      218     3/4" Detail of junction of Morning Chapel adn S.                   hall W114, W115 and W219 

      219     3/4" Detail arches in Morning Chapel

      220     3/4" Detail west wall Morning Chapel

      221     3/4" Detail entry to Morning Chapel and platform

      222     3/4" Detail of south wall of chancel

      223     3/4" Section entry to Morning Chapel

      224     3/4" Detail stone lintels of arch between crossing                and nave

      225     3/4" Detail of Morning Chapel, Elevation of south                  wall

      226     3/4" Detail wall of chancel, North elevation

      227     3/4" Detail wall of chancel sections

      228     3/4" Detail of D117

      229a    3/4" Detail of North hall plan at 1st floor
         b    3/4" Detail of North hall plan at balcony
         c    3/4" Detail of North hall elevations
      d,e,f   3/4" Detail of North hall elevations         

      230     3/4" Detail south hall

      231     3/4" Detail north transept rose window

      232     1" Detail nave trusses

      233     3/4" Detail south transept & chancel rose windows

      234     1" wall bolting nave walls

      235     1" wall bolting transept walls

      236     1" wall bolting transept walls

      237     1" transept trusses

      238     1" transept trusses hall details 

      240a    *3/4" lower details plan at upper part crossing
         b    *3/4" lower details plan at motor room
         c    *3/4" Lower details plan at bell chamber
         d    *3/4" Lower details north elevation
         e    *3/4" lower details sections looking east and west
         f    *3/4" lower details east elevation lower & sect.                   chancel     
         g    *3/4" lower details 1/2 section lower looking                     north

      241     3/4" detail sketch design of organ screen

      242     1/4", 1/2", 3/4" details of reinforcing bell                       chamber floor

      243     3/4" detail of reinforcing bell chamber floor

      244     3/4" inscription tower parapet

      245     3/4" detail of turret

      246a    details narthex screen and narthex plan
         b    details narthex screen and narthex section and                     elevation of screen
         c    details narthex screen and narthex elevations                      narthex & ________-----

      247     3/4" and full size detail transept balcony walls

      248     1/2" detail slate floors nave crossing

      249     1/2" and full size detail slate floors transepts                   Morning Chapel
      250     3/4" detail organ screen

      251     3/4" i8nterior furnishings, choir rail pulpit, etc.

      252     1/8" seating plan of pews

      253     3/4" and 1 1/2" details of first floor pews

      254     3/4" and 1 1/2" details of balcony pews

      255     1/2" details of cupboards in study

      256     3/4" leaded glass

      257     1/4 full size nave lighting equipment

      258     1/4 full size detail chancel and crossing lighting                 equipment

      259     1/4" full size detail Morning Chapel

      260     1/8" full size oak memorial tablet Morning Chapel

      261     1 1/2" scale detail sketch of glazing for W115,                    W130, W131, W132, W133, and W134      

      262     sign board east front

      263     screens for stained glass windows

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