The Chapel Restoration

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Exterior of the Chapel Restoration wedding venue in Cold Spring Ny bu Duetimage Photography hudson Valley wedding photographers.
The his­toric Chapel Restora­tion wed­ding venue in Cold Spring NY for your wed­ding on the banks of the Hud­son Riv­er. (Pho­to by Due­tim­age Pho­tog­ra­phy Hud­son Val­ley wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phers.)

 

A cou­ple of weeks ago we told you about a great non-prof­it farm venue in Cold Spring, NY.  This week we’re bring­ing you anoth­er non-prof­it venue right along Cold Spring’s water­front, one steeped in faith, Irish her­itage, and Amer­i­can his­to­ry.  The Chapel Restora­tion offers cou­ples a non-denom­i­na­tion­al church venue and a small recep­tion venue, to cou­ples look­ing to get mar­ried on the banks of the Hud­son Riv­er.

The sto­ry of the Chapel Restora­tion begins in the after­math of the War of 1812.  Real­iz­ing that the fledg­ling U.S. mil­i­tary was out­gunned dur­ing the con­flict, Pres­i­dent James Madi­son called for the cre­ation of foundries to pro­duce artillery.  The vil­lage of Cold Spring proved an ide­al spot for just such an enter­prise: there were iron mines in the vicin­i­ty and plen­ty of oth­er nat­ur­al resources, includ­ing a brook to pow­er machin­ery.  Plus, the site could be guard­ed by West Point right across the riv­er.

 

A view of the Hudson River from the doors of the Chapel Restoration photo by Duetimage Hudson Valley wedding photographers.
A view of the Hud­son Riv­er from the doors of the Chapel Restora­tion.

 

By 1817, a wealthy New York City mer­chant by the name of Gou­verneur Kem­ble had the West Point Foundry up and run­ning thanks to the help of Irish immi­grants with exper­tise in iron­work­ing.  Kem­ble took good care of his employ­ees, pro­vid­ing their fam­i­lies with health­care and a church for their spir­i­tu­al needs.  It was the first Catholic church north of Man­hat­tan and it drew Irish immi­grants from the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties, includ­ing Irish cadets from West Point who would walk to Sun­day mass in win­ter­time over the frozen Hud­son Riv­er .

 

Entrance to the Chapel Restoration in Cold Spring by Duetimage Hudson Valley Wedding Photography.
Entrance to the Chapel Restora­tion, orig­i­nal­ly built in 1833 by Thomas Kelah Whar­ton, a 19-year-old Eng­lish immi­grant.

 

The West Point Foundry reached the pin­na­cle of its suc­cess dur­ing the Civ­il War when it pro­duced its famed Par­rott rifle, a small can­non which made a big impact on the North’s war effort.  The foundry also pro­duced America’s first iron ship, the USS Spencer, and was so well known that it attract­ed a spe­cial vis­it from Pres­i­dent Lin­coln and was fea­tured in the Jules Verne nov­el, “From the Earth to the Moon”.  But after the war, the foundry faced a num­ber of com­peti­tors that drove it to bank­rupt­cy in 1889.

 

Parrott Rifle on display at the Cold Spring waterfront in Cold Spring NY.
The West Point Foundry’s famous Par­rott Rifle on dis­play at the Cold Spring water­front, just a few blocks away from the Chapel Restora­tion. (Spe­cial thanks to our daugh­ter Kristie for this love­ly shot!)

 

By 1906, Cold Spring’s for­tunes had so changed that the lit­tle church estab­lished by the foundry was aban­doned.  In 1927, the build­ing caught fire and laid in ruins until 1971.  That was when a group of con­cerned indi­vid­u­als of all faiths came togeth­er to pur­chase the prop­er­ty and begin a restora­tion.  The project took six years to com­plete and the Chapel Restora­tion was opened in 1977.

Today the Chapel Restora­tion is avail­able for wed­dings from April 1st to Novem­ber 30th.  The build­ing can acco­mo­date about 100 peo­ple, on the ground floor and on a small bal­cony.

 

Interior of the Chapel Restoration in Cold Spring by Duetimage Hudson Valley Wedding Photographers.
A view from the chapel’s bal­cony onto the altar; that’s a 100 year old Stein­way piano just behind the chan­de­lier.

 

The inte­ri­or is filled with lots of nat­ur­al light through large win­dows on each side.  On over­cast days and in the evening, the chan­de­lier and a num­ber of hur­ri­cane lamps can pro­vide illu­mi­na­tion for events.

 

interior of the Chapel Restoration wedding venue by Duetimage Photography Cold Spring wedding photographers.
Large win­dows and hur­ri­cane lamps pro­vide inte­ri­or light­ing.

 

The Chapel Restora­tion hosts con­certs through­out the year and the acoustics are said to be fan­tas­tic.  Cou­ples can bing their own musi­cians and make use of a 100-year-old Stein­way grand piano pro­vid­ing they have a qual­i­fied pianist (the Chapel Restora­tion staff can rec­om­mend a select list of pianists).  In order to pre­serve the instru­ment, it can only be moved with per­mis­sion and can­not be dec­o­rat­ed.

Upstairs in the bal­cony is a 17th Cen­tu­ry inspired pipe organ built spe­cial­ly for the chapel’s ren­o­va­tion, and there are lim­it­ed num­ber of seats avail­able for those who want a bird’s eye view of the event.  Mary Ear­ly, the Chapel Restoration’s Event Coor­di­na­tor, tells us that some cou­ple have hid­den choirs up there to sur­prise guests with vocal music upon enter­ing the venue.  “I was real­ly beau­ti­ful,” she said.

 

 

Start­ing this sea­son, the Chapel Restora­tion will be mak­ing avail­able its chancery build­ing for small recep­tions up to 70 peo­ple.  The build­ing stands just behind the chapel and in mod­ern in design,

 

The Chancery of the Chapel Restoration in Cold Spring photos by Duetimage Hudson Valley Wedding Photography.
The Chancery: the Chapel Restoration’s mod­ern annex, nor­mal­ly an office and infor­ma­tion cen­ter, can now host small events.

 

Inside there is a bridal get­ting ready room with lots of nat­ur­al light from an over­head win­dow; a stocked kitch­enette; and guest restrooms.

 

Interior view of the Chancery at The Chapel Restoration by Duetimage Photography Hudson Valley wedding photographers.
Inte­ri­or view of the Chancery — cock­tail hours can be staged here.

 

The kitchen of the Chancery by Duetimage Photography Hudson Valley photographers.
What’s cookin? The chancery build­ing has its own com­pact kitchen.

 

Put a smile on your make­up artist’s face — over­head day­light makes a great nat­ur­al light source in this get­ting ready room.

 

Cock­tail hours can be staged indoors.  Small recep­tions can be held on the flag­stones of the court­yard out front where a tent can be put up.

 

The courtyard of the Chancery at the Chapel Restoration by Duetimage Photography Hudson Valley photographers.
The court­yard of the Chancery — just add your wed­ding tent!

 

Coor­di­na­tor Mary Ear­ly stress­es that the Chapel Restora­tion is a his­tor­i­cal site; as such there are lim­i­ta­tions and spe­cial usage guide­lines.  “Cou­ples should be aware that the chapel is not hand­i­capped acces­si­ble.  There is also no PA sys­tem.  In the win­ter there is no heat and in the sum­mer there is no air con­di­tion­ing,” says Mary.  “We also ask that cou­ples and their ven­dors avoid using tacks or tape in their decor, or any­thing else that might mark the walls.”

Cou­ples are respon­si­ble for clean up after events as the staff will not usu­al­ly be on hand, except for open­ing the doors of the site one hour before your event.  “Gen­er­al­ly, we just ask that the site be returned to the con­di­tion as it was found to respect the his­toric sig­nif­i­cance of the place.”

Final­ly, it’s worth point­ing out that the Metro-North’s Cold Spring sta­tion stands direct­ly across the street from the chapel.  This makes the venue an ide­al choice for cou­ples who would like their guests to take envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly trans­porta­tion to their nup­tials.  It is also con­ve­nient for any­one want­i­ng to get to the venue direct­ly from the city with­out the has­sle of a dri­ve.

 

Imagining your wedding or event at The Chapel Restoration?

Down­load images from this arti­cle on our Chapel Restora­tion Web Album made espe­cial­ly for your smart­phone. Use it for ref­er­ence and share with those help­ing you plan.

Additional Information:

Learn more about Chapel Restora­tion by vis­it­ing http://www.chapelrestoration.org/.

To dis­cuss your Chapel Restora­tion wed­ding with Due­tim­age Hud­son Val­ley Wed­ding Pho­tog­ra­phers, call (845) 905‑6323 or vis­it: http://www.duetimage.com/contact.

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