RAYMOND – The East Raymond Union Chapel has been entered in the National Register of Historic Places, according to Earl G. Shettleworth Jr., director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, whose staff prepared the nomination.

The designation indicates that the property has been documented, evaluated and considered worthy of preservation and protection as part of the nation’s cultural heritage.

The chapel is a small, wood-framed religious building set on a quarter-acre lot in the rural village of East Raymond. The most centrally located of the three villages in Raymond, the chapel is located in a small town setting which currently, and historically, includes a general store, the town offices, schools, fire station, several dozen residences and one additional church.

Built between 1888 and 1890, the moderately sized structure combines Queen Anne styling with a Gothic aesthetic to create a significant profile that does not overwhelm, but complements, the village landscape.

The East Raymond Chapel was placed in the National Register of the Historic Places as an example of a small rural church which successfully combined elements to create a religious structure that reflected the values, mores and aesthetics of its community.


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