We are all so tied up with our personal lives that at times we need to step back into the past and enjoy not only history, but also beautiful art that still exists in its finest form. A great place to do that is at the Willard Memorial Chapel in Auburn, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Treasure.
Located on the grounds and part of what was the Auburn Theological Seminary Willard Chapel has been rescued by the citizens of Auburn for our posterity and for our enjoyment.
Willard Chapel and Welch Memorial Building that it is joined to are on the National Historic Register and are located on the grounds of what was the Auburn Seminary, a school that dates to 1818. The Chapel itself was designed by A. J. Warner and the interior was designed and hand crafted by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company.
Paid for by the daughters of Dr. Sylvester Case in memory of their parents and saved from being dismantled by the Community Preservation Committee it is the only complete Tiffany Chapel in America today.
Glittering with gold, glass inlay, mosaics, stain glass windows and the lush wooden interior, it acts as a tribute to the arts and crafts movement and a work of art that can be enjoyed by today’s public.
The site contains my of Tiffany’s hallmark stain glass windows including a stain glass window interpretation of the famous painting “Christ Sustaining Peter on the Water” by noted English painter Frederick Shields.
Organ recitals on weekends and the ability to hold weddings at the location offer the public many ways to be inspired and to enjoy this treasure of art and Auburn History.
The Chapel, located on Nelson Street, is open to the public for a nominal donation from 10 to 4 weekly with tours on the hour and is handicap accessible. For more information call 315-252-0339 or by visiting their website at www.willardchapel.org.