Pine Orchard Union Chapel

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Pine Orchard Union Chapel
Pine Orchard Union Chapel is located in Connecticut
Pine Orchard Union Chapel
Pine Orchard Union Chapel is located in the US
Pine Orchard Union Chapel
Location 25 Chapel Dr., Branford, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°16′0″N 72°46′34″W / 41.26667°N 72.77611°W / 41.26667; -72.77611Coordinates: 41°16′0″N 72°46′34″W / 41.26667°N 72.77611°W / 41.26667; -72.77611
Area less than one acre
Built 1897 (1897)
Built by Harrington, C.W.
Architect Brown & Berger
Architectural style Queen Anne
NRHP reference # 00000815[1]
Added to NRHP July 19, 2000

Pine Orchard Union Chapel is a historic nondenominational chapel at 25 Chapel Drive in Branford, Connecticut. Built in 1897, it is one of a modest number of seasonal resort chapels built along the Connecticut coastline, and a particularly fine example of one with Queen Anne styling.[2] The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.[1]

Description and history[edit]

The Pine Orchard Union Chapel is located in the Pine Orchard summer resort area of eastern Branford, at the junction of Chapel Drive and Pine Orchard Street. It is a modest wood frame building, with a flared gable roof whose eaves have exposed rafter tails. A small belfry stands atop the roof, and there is bargeboard and latticework decoration in the gable ends. The interior consists of a small vestibule, and a large open sanctuary, with timbered roof trusses exposed, pine floors and wainscoting, and brass chandeliers. A water closet was added off the vestibule early in the 20th century.[2]

Pine Orchard was first developed as a summer resort area in the 1850s, but experienced major growth as a resort in the 1880s and early 1890s. Its summer residents first seriously considered construction of a seasonal chapel in 1895, and had by the following year raised sufficient funds to begin construction. The present building, designed by Brown and Berger of New Haven, was formally dedicated on July 4, 1897. In addition to hosting services every July and August, it also hosted lectures and musical performances as well as social events. It continues to be used today, mainly for weddings, memorial services, and meetings.[2]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b c "NRHP nomination for Pine Orchard Union Chapel". National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-01-23.