In 1884 he undertook the commission for the New Chapel Library at the Massachusetts Agricultural College at Amherst. Our stately Romanesque Revival Chapel Library with its highly accented Pelham granite and Long Meadow brownstone polychromy was designed to house both a chapel / auditorium and the college library.
Earle indicated by his fenestration the functions of the rooms within. The colorful stained glass incorporating a chrysanthemum motif in its rose windows and the round-arched windows of the second floor mark the chapel-auditorium portion. The Rectangular widows of the ground floor indicate the library and office rooms.
Trustee O. B. Hadwen of Worchester read the following description of
the structure: first annual report at the meeting of the alumni library
committee their first annual report at the meeting of the association in
The first story which is 12 feet high in the clear, is designed for the college library. The south end has a room 19 x 29 feet for reading room, well lighted and with a large open fire-place. At the north end a space 10 x 40 feet fro librarian's office, work room, etc., is separated from the main room by a glassed partition. The remainder of the space, 40 x 60 feet is in one room for the library.
The second story or chapel has an open timber roof of hard pine and finishes to the ridge with a height of 33 feet, and gable on each of the four sides, the same height, the height at the eaves being 11 feet. The platform occupies the north end, with space for minister's room organ and choir.
A gallery 20 feet deep runs across the south end, and the space under
it is arranged to be used with the main room of separated by folding doors,
and this space is divided by sliding doors into two rooms of 20 x 20 feet.
The basement 8 feet high, is intended only for the heating apparatus, fuel
and plumbing conveniences. The interior finish generally is of brown ash.
Handsome gray granite from the college quarry in Pelham is used for the
walls, with dressing of Longmeadow brown stone and backing of brick. Externally
the walls are 25 feet in height to the eaves, and 51 feet to the tow of
the gable. The tower designed to be built at the southeast corner, is intended
to be 115 feet high to the top of the vane. Its special object is to provide
a suitable place for the much needed college clock. In style the building
is Romanesque, treated simply, and is designed by Stephen C. Earle of Worcester,