The Clet Hall cupola, a familiar identifier of Niagara University since its inception in 1856, was returned to its perch high above Monteagle Ridge Friday morning.
The previous dome-like structure was severely damaged during a windstorm in July 2013. In its place now stands a new fiberglass and steel cupola, which was blessed during a ceremony led by the Rev. Kevin G. Creagh, C.M., Niagara’s vice president for university mission and ministry.
Multiple domes have been used on the building throughout its history, with a similar one erected following the fire that destroyed the former Seminary of Our Lady of Angels in December 1864.
The first sentence in the first chapter of the History of the Seminary of Our Lady of Angels references the cupola’s prominence, “Travelers on the Canadian trolley line running between Chippawa and Niagara-on-the-Lake cannot help noticing that the most imposing building along the American bank of our river is the white-domed Niagara University.”