Monday, June 16, 2008

John Carroll Chapel Severely Damaged

The John Carroll Chapel, located in the Forest Glen section of Silver Spring, was severely damaged on June 4th, according to a story in the Gazette.

The storm knocked down two large oak trees into the chapel, damaging the roof and the entire right side of the building. When the first oak tree came down, it took a second one with it – both apx. 2 ft. wide.

The Chapel is under the care of St. John the Evangelist Church on Georgia Avenue. Built in the 1950’s, it is a replica of the John Carroll Chapel, built on the same site in the 1700’s. Carroll was the first Catholic bishop in the US and was the founder of St. John the Evangelist Church in 1774.

The chapel is only open for the occasional rosary service and tours, most of which are given by appointment.

Unfortunately, I was only able to get there this weekend. Of course, the trees had been removed and tarps put up.

The word is that they may have to tear the entire thing down.

Right Side View
From the Back
(with one of the fallen trees)
Peeking thru one of the remaining windows
Even the tombstones were taken down


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