Villa Chapel


Jan 01 1970

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Tenth Easter Sunday event for the chapel

Apr 19 2014

Bring the kids and stop by West 9th and Liberty Streets at 1pm on Easter Sunday to watch the brief Easter Parade in support of the Villa Chapel. Bonnets welcome!

1pm Easter Sunday Parade for the Villa Chapel

Apr 03 2014

Join chapel supporters at the corner of West 9th and Liberty Streets at 1pm on Easter Sunday, April 20th to see the reuse plans for the chapel, to hear the latest news about the 80% owners (H.A.N.D.S) and to enjoy a short parade featuring hand-made rabbits.

ErieReader essay on the effort to save the Villa Chapel

Apr 02 2014

Pick up the April 2 issue of the ErieReader, turn to page 11 and read the Civitas essay, "Considering the City: Fighting to Save the Villa Chapel."

H.A.N.D.S. C.E.O. Chuck Scalise is not talking

Apr 15 2014

Despite phone and email messages from the Board President of Preservation Erie, Melinda Myers, there has been no word from Chuck Scalise on his plans for the unheated, leaking chapel. Does his "silence imply consent" to the ongoing "demolition by neglect" of the Villa Chapel?

Penrose Properties has sold its 80% share.

Apr 05 2014

Mark Dambly, the C.E.O. of Penrose Properties, has confirmed that his company has sold their 80% share of the Villa Chapel to H.A.N.D.S. This is troubling news, as H.A.N.D.S. reported to the Sisters of Saint Joseph that they were unsuccessful in pursuing funds to renovate the Villa Chapel. Dambly offered to contact H.A.N.D.S. C.E.O., Chuck Scalise to find out his plans for the chapel.

Who owns the chapel now?

Feb 15 2014

The Erie Times News realty transfer news seems to indicate that the chapel has new owners. Stay tuned.

Still waiting patiently on H.A.N.D.S.

Feb 05 2014

Last Spring, after nine years of effort, all three Villa Chapel owners were ready to sign an agreement with the non-profit Preservation Erie to allow efforts to stabilize and re-purpose the building to move forward. The primary owners, Penrose Properties of Philadelphia (80%) had been willing for almost a decade. The managing group and 10% owners, H.A.N.D.S. - Housing and Neighborhood Development Service - said they would sign as soon as the other 10% owners agreed - the S.S.J. (Sisters of Saint Joseph.) But, and after almost two decades of stating the impossibility of reusing the chapel, the C.E.O. of H.A.N.D.S., Mr. Chuck Scalise, reportedly asked the Sisters to delay signing while he pursued the idea of renovating the chapel into four apartments.

Follow Villa Chapel on Facebook

Feb 02 2014

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WJET Channel 24 Interview: Philadelphia Architect Richard Olaya, Sept. 9

Sep 11 2011

Richard Olaya, principal of Olaya Studio, toured the Villa Chapel and told WJET, channel 24, that the chapel "is a gem" and that "this kind of building cannot be replicated today." Olaya said the unique chapel is "one of a kind, worth keeping." An experienced architect, Olaya's reuse projects include renovation of a historic nursing home, an auditorium at Howard University, barracks at Fort Dix and a museum in Santa Fe. He also designed a Center for Culture and Community for a historic Methodist Church. Olaya has also designed additions to a Christian Camp in Upper Moreland Township, PA, and apartments in Philadelphia and Newark. These varied experiences informed his work with volunteers at the planning session for the Villa Chapel sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation PA and the Erie Center for Design and Preservation. Link -