Villa Chapel

Erie Times News: "Planning session held for Villa Chapel" p. B1

Sep 10 2011

Architects from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh were among a group that toured the Villa Chapel on Friday and took part in a daylong session to find a "viable, sustainable and appropriate" reuse for the unused chapel. The design-plan session, called a charrette, was co-hosted by the Erie Center for Design & Preservation. After, members of the group presented five possible plans for the use of the chapel, including a mixed-use building, for further study. The Save the Villa Chapel Committee formed to prevent demolition of the building. The committee has raised more than $20,000, part of which was used for temporary roof repairs on the chapel; to start a website; and to fund the charrette. Tax- deductible donations can be sent to the Villa Chapel Fund, c/o Erie Center for Design and Preservation, P.O. Box 1856, Erie, PA 16507. Supporters also are encouraged to attend the Fifth Annual Save The Villa Chapel Croquet and Tea at Gridley Park, West Sixth and Liberty streets, on Sept. 17th from 1 to 4 p.m.

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