Chester’s Historic Meeting House:
The iconic landmark at the center of Chester

  • 1773 – Built
  • 1836 – Last Chester annual town meeting held in building
  • 1839 – Major remodeling
  • Turned 90 degrees and retains 1773 frame
  • Greek revival front gable with spired steeple added
  • 1881 – Clock installed
  • Town of Chester owns and maintains the clock
  • 1986 – Added to National Register of Historic Places
  • 1957 – Town votes $400 for steeple foundation work
  • 2019 – Three year capital fund campaign to be initiated

Assessment done of building’s condition

Overall the building is in very good shape

  • Foundation in excellent shape
  • Timber framing is mostly in excellent shape
  • Clapboard siding in good shape

Problems

  • Leaks in steeple have resulted in rot in belfry beams and damage to ceiling of meeting room
  • Exterior needs scraping and painting
  • Shutters need to be replaced or refurbished
  • Window glazing needs to be repaired
  • Retaining wall needs to be rebuilt

Condition of Steeple and Other Estimated Costs

  • Belfry Timber Frame Repair: (includes staging) $102,650
  • Belfry Roof Trim and Copper Cladding: $48,050
  • Tower Box Roof in Copper: $57,700
  • Tower Base Flashing and Trim Repairs: $29,100
  • Repair and paint sanctuary ceiling: $25,000
  • Exterior Preparation and Painting: $80,000
  • Exterior Shutters: $61,225
  • Window Glazing and Repair: $31,125
  • Fundraising: $19,250

Photographs provided by Preservation Timber Framing, Inc.

Estimated Total Project Cost: $449,100

Our facility needs extensive maintenance and repairs to be preserved. To acquire these funds, we have set up a Meetinghouse Preservation Project. Your donations are greatly appreciated towards our goal. You can donate by mail, by attending service, or through the “Donate” button below. If donating online, approximately 2% of your donation will go to PayPal.