Vail Interfaith Chapel Marks 50 Years With Major Renovation

The Vail Religious Foundation was created in 1963 to explore the construction of a mountain chapel dedicated to worship and community service. It would be used by several congregations of different faiths, in the same space—a novel idea in the early 1960s. A generous grant from Vail Associates, land on the banks of Gore Creek, brought the idea to life and the Vail Interfaith Chapel was completed and dedicated in 1969.

Renovations and construction of the Ministry Building were completed in 1999, augmenting the capacity to serve its spiritual audience and community. The chapel building currently serves six Christian and Jewish congregations with worship and office spaces.

The Vail Religious Foundation’s $10 million 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign ensures the Vail Interfaith Chapel’s place in the history of the Vail Valley, securing it as Vail’s spiritual heart for future generations. Eighty percent of the funding benefits construction projects and twenty percent will fill the organization’s reserve.

Construction includes replacement of the roof, windows, original electrical and HVAC systems, parking lot, snowmelt systems, elevator and entry doors. Interior renovations include three kitchens, meeting space, offices and storage, replacement of the original sacristy, bringing the building to ADA compliance and security and technology upgrades.

Outdoor riverside spaces will be improved for increased outdoor use, incorporate environmental efforts such as Restore the Gore, and improve energy efficiency with solar panels, EV chargers, greener mechanical and electrical systems, and onsite excess energy storage.

The target completion date for the four phases of the project is Thanksgiving 2022.

Learn more at vailchapel.com

Group Photo Caption & Credit: The spiritual leaders of the six congregations that share the Vail Interfaith Chapel broke ground on a two-year, $7 million renovation on April 5, 2021. An additional $2-3 million is needed for its Reserve Fund to last the next 20 years.

Photo: Michael Rawlings Photography

The Vail Interfaith Chapel and ministry buildings serve the Vail community through:

  • Providing emergency shelter for stranded I-70 travelers
  • Twenty weekly Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon and similar support group meetings
  • Twelve Bravo Vail! Chamber music concerts and discussions annually
  • Fifty weddings annually that generate $15-20 million in local business
  • Vail Symposium presentations
  • Alpine Counseling Center classes
  • Bridge groups, knitting groups, bible studies, meditation, Mahjong and more

Building Photo Credit: Melissa Brielle Photography

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