The Chandler Chemistry Laboratory

The model for chemical laboratories in the United States was built by Dr. William H. Chandler at Lehigh in 1883. The Chandler Chemistry Laboratory is considered the first modern chemistry laboratory and revolutionized how chemistry was taught in the academic setting. Chandler Laboratory was dedicated as a National Historic Chemical Landmark March 26, 1994 by the American Chemical Society. Dr. Chandler designed the facility in which many chemists could train simultaneously. Chandler Laboratory had a huge influence on the construction of future chemistry laboratories across the country. The building ideas presented in the Chandler Laboratory were to create the most modern, efficient laboratory possible. The building was designed by Dr. Chandler and the Philadelphia architect, Addison Hutton. The large size of the building improved ventilation. It was equipped with chimneys and fresh air intakes at every window so clean air circulated throughout the building. The Chandler Laboratory advanced laboratory design and became the basic standard for laboratory construction. Dr. William H. Chandler was a pivotal figure in chemistry pedagogy from his position at Lehigh University. In 1938 an addition was named for Lehigh chemistry professor, Harry M. Ullmann. The building is now named the Chandler-Ullmann Hall and houses the Department of Art and Architecture and the Department of Psychology.