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Faith Chapel

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Faith Chapel - Jekyll Island, Georgia

Photo by John Patrick
Inset photo courtesy of Jekyll Island Museum

   Early in the 1900s, well off snowbirds from the northeast converted Jekyll Island into a winter retreat. Seeking a warmer climate during the winter months, prominent citizens from New England and New York created "cottages" large enough for their families and a full complement of staff members. Word spread fast of their "discovery" and the Jekyll Island club was born, a winter home for only 100 members. This exclusive social club held company with the Morgans, Pulitzers, Vanderbilts and the Astors from 1886 until 1942.
   Pictured here is Faith Chapel, built to Jekyll Island standards and tastes. The chapel, designed in a gothic style, Stained Glass - Faith Chapel, Jekyll Island, Georgia featured hand-crafted stained glass windows, stained wood interior, and gothic-revival style a-frame design. At the east end of the chapel is a beautiful stained glass window called the Adoration of the Christ Child, created by Maitland Armstrong and his daughter, Helen. At the front of the chapel is a signed stained glass window, a rare work of Louis Comfort Tiffany. This interdenominational church was built in 1904, and as most of the island's historical district buildings, the chapel has undergone significant refurbishment. Georgia's Jekyll Island, listed as a National Historic Landmark District, includes more than 30 structures that have been fully restored.

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