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Sheldon Jackson Memorial Chapel

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1874. 6th St. (southeast corner of Hathaway St.) (NR)
  • (Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

The Reverend Sheldon Jackson, an illustrious pioneer Presbyterian circuit rider, built this splendid board-and-batten example of Carpenter's Gothic. Lancet arches form the windows and doorway and grace the open bell tower. The steeply pitched roof stretches skyward in a lacy, vertical composition. This tiny Gothic Revival gem is enhanced by a well-kept garden and picnic pavilion behind a jacal fence of tree branches. The pavilion faithfully replicates the steep bell tower with its dripping bargeboard, hexagonal cap, and finial. Of twenty-two Colorado churches founded by Sheldon Jackson, this is one of the finest of the sixteen still standing. In 1877 Jackson moved to Alaska, where he achieved further fame as a pioneer circuit rider and church builder.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


What's Nearby


Thomas J. Noel, "Sheldon Jackson Memorial Chapel", [Fairplay, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 214-215.

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