Chapel Restoration | Cold Spring Putnam County New York
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Chapel Restoration

Cold Spring

Putnam County

10516, Chapel Restoration, Hudson Valley historic and cultural landmark, Cold Spring, NY,
ecumenical site in 1977, Calendar of Events, Music Series, Readings, Children's Programs, The word is,  The Sunday Music Series, musicians of worldwide distinction Click to visit Chapel Restoration

The Chapel Restoration, a Hudson Valley historic and cultural landmark, is located at 45 Market Street, Cold Spring, NY 10516 in Putnam County.

From Chapel Restoration: "Like most American stories, ours begins with immigration. Of the multitudes who came to our shores between 1820 and1860, a third were from Ireland. For those who gained employment at the West Point Foundry in Cold Spring, a chapel was established to serve them and their families. Foundry owner Gouverneur Kemble donated land and funds for what would be the first Catholic church north of Manhattan.

"Its designer was another immigrant, a 19-year-old from England, Thomas Kelah Wharton. Built in 1833 of locally made red brick covered with stucco, the chapel was in the Greek Revival style, then in vogue. Its columns were of the Tuscan order, a simple, unfluted version of the Doric, whose supreme expression is the Parthenon in Athens.

"Contemporary press describes a festive dedication, September 21, 1834, with people arriving by boat. A large choir performed, along with a band from West Point, “whose notes might be heard in the recesses of the mountains,” for dignitaries of church and state.

"The foundry went on to become a major producer of Civil War armaments. Test firing greatly damaged chapel walls, and Captain Robert P. Parrott, then in charge, paid for repairs. Victorian additions altered the building’s integrity, and the coming of the railroad cut it off from the life of the town. Abandoned in 1906, it fell victim to the forces of nature and time. Ravaged by fire in 1927, it was a ruin until 1971, when, in the words of The New York Sunday News, “A Methodist, a Lutheran, a Jew, a Presbyterian or two, a scattering of Episcopalians and a handful of Catholics,” including actress Helen Hayes, came together, to buy it from the Archdiocese and undertake its restoration.

"The work was overseen by architect Walter Knight Sturges, and the chapel was dedicated as an ecumenical site in 1977."

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The word is The Sunday Music Series, April to November, features musicians of worldwide distinction. Concerts, primarily classical, with at least one each season of jazz or blues, country or bluegrass, are presented once a month at 4. Free of charge, contributions welcome. Series established in 2001.

Location: Cold Spring

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