Calvary Caretaker Terry Miller took some time this summer to repair mortar on the venerable Calvary Chapel.
Located at the center of the cemetery, the chapel was built in 1895 and constructed from Mankato limestone. It seats 90, and is available for rent, currently at a rate of $400 a day. On average, two to four funerals a year are held within the chapel. It has heat, but no running water.
More details on the history of the chapel, and its bell are available in the history section of the blog. The Calvary Board of Directors has made it a point to preserve that history and the original character of the chapel.
“The chapel’s never really been altered,” says Terry. “Overall the building is pretty solid for how old it is.”
Of course routine maintenance is required to keep the building fit, including periodic re-shingling and tuckpointing.