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Old Chapel

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1751. 64 W. Church St.

During the early years of Bethlehem, worship took place in a chapel space in the Gemeinhaus ( NO22); the Old Chapel was the first structure built solely for the purpose of worship. It is a simple two-story rubble building, supported externally by an array of massive stone buttresses—apparently added when the weight of the original tile roof began to push out its walls. To the south it abuts the Gemeinhaus and the Sisters’ House ( NO22.1), and is connected to both by internal passages. A gabled entrance block terminates the building to the north, and serves as a simple frontispiece to the building. The Old Chapel served until the building of the Central Moravian Church ( NO22.6) was completed in 1806.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Old Chapel", [Bethlehem, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 274-275.

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