Garrett Memorial Chapel

Help Us Preserve The Chapel

Nature’s elements have conspired to threaten the Chapel’s future. Seasonal use, steep hillside construction, use of unique materials have combined for a difficult preservation challenge.

While the Garrett Chapel Trust has received recognition from the New York State Landmark Society for its care of this historic gem, funding remains the primary constraint in ongoing care and restoration efforts.

Community support has been the primary vehicle for restoration projects. care, and maintenance. If you would like to make a dontation please click the link below.

Phase 1

Date: 11/2002 - 5/2005

  • Historical renovation planning and investigation
  • Secure bell tower and weather vane from large scale deterioration
  • Urgent preventative repairs to roof and flashing (east roof and bell tower)
  • Urgent preventative repairs and improvements to gutter and storm drainage


Phase 2

Date: 4/2004 - 7/2006

  • Urgent preventative upgrades to all mechanical systems (electric, lighting, and lightning suppression)
  • Urgent repairs to exterior cast stone to reduce falling debris hazards
  • Partial completion of most urgent repairs to paths, walkways, handrails, and other hazards
  • ADA planning
  • Partial completion of ADA plan – improved parking, accessibility and sanctuary access


Phase 3

Date: 5/2009 - 5/2012

  • Replace bell support and improve belfry roof
  • Preventative Improvements to building air ventilation
  • Re-grade and improve drainage of access road to reduce building moisture and safety
  • Rebuild stone walls on walkways major slopes improve safety
  • Rebuild iron entry gates to improve safety
  • Improved accessibility through additional off-street parking
  • Refit and grout all terrace floors to improve safety
  • Cast stone assessment and emergency bracing


Phase 4

Date: 5/2015 - 10/2016

  • Replace roof, gutters, and downspouts
  • Plan and estimate crypt restoration


Phase 5

Target Date: Fall 2017

  • Cast stone repairs necessary to reopen south end of terrace, and privent falling debris


Phase 6

Target Date: 2019

  • Complete crypt restoration
    Estimate - $300,000. Completion anticipated summer 2021

  • Address urgent terrace water infiltration (unplanned)
    Estimate – $300,000. Completion anticipated spring 2021

Future Projects

Target Date: TBD

  • Complete ongoing replacement of failing cast stone elements throughout the building
  • Implementation of ADA plan, likely to include wheel chair access to main sanctuary and installation of accessible bathrooms
  • Preventative restoration of “at risk” exterior detail elements and stonework
  • Improvements to protect stained glass windows
  • Completion of repairs and improvements to paths, walkways, and handrails to improve accessibility
  • Restoration of landscaping
  • Cosmetic restoration of exterior and interior detail elements

Estimate: $800,000 to $1,200,000

Your support has a significant impact on our ability to provide ongoing services for the community as well as our ability to maintain this special place. Thank you!