The “summer chapel,” an informal type of church building designed for a vacation community, is frequently found in Rhode Island resorts, especially in upper-class communities, where summer weddings were (and are) a special part of the season's festivities. Uniquely, the Pier has three fine examples within two blocks of one another. Whereas the Portsmouth-Middletown chapels are mid- to late nineteenth century, those at the Pier continue the story from the late nineteenth into the early twentieth century.
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