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Willard Memorial Chapel

Today, the Willard Memorial Chapel Today, is on the State and National Registry of Historic Places and has become a tourist destination, a wedding venue, a concert hall, a lecture hall and an office complex...

1-315-252-0339
17 Nelson St.
Auburn, NY 13021
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Willard Memorial Chapel and the adjoining Welch Memorial Building has a storied history and are the only remaining buildings which were once part of the Auburn Theological Seminary. The Willard Memorial Chapel is an extremely rare example of the work of Louis C. Tiffany and Tiffany Glass and Decoration Co. and it is the only complete and unaltered Tiffany chapel known to exist.
 

During WWII, the seminary buildings were used by the U.S. Navy for training and recruiting officers and after the war, Morgan Hall and the Welch Building were turned into apartments housing veterans and their families. In 1957, The Seventh Day Adventist Church purchased the Chapel complex where they conducted services and activities and maintained the building until 1988. In January of 1989, a fundraising campaign to purchase the Willard Chapel, which was in danger of being dismantled, was launched by the Community Preservation Committee (CPC), which eventually purchased the chapel in 1990. In 2005, the Willard Memorial Chapel and adjoining Welch building received National Historic Landmark designation.
 

Today, the chapel is on the State and National Registry of Historic Places and this Tiffany treasure has become a tourist destination, a wedding venue, a concert hall, a lecture hall and an office complex.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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