St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea (1886)

March 30th, 2014 Posted in Churches, Old Saybrook, Shingle Style

30 Agawam Ave

The Borough of Fenwick (pdf) in Old Saybrook has long had its own house of worship, St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea. Religious services for the Fenwick summer community were initially led by Rev. Francis Goodwin in his own home. A leader of both Hartford and Fenwick society and an amateur architect, Rev. Francis Goodwin (1839-1923) championed the development of more parks in Hartford as the city’s first commissioner of parks. In 1883, Rev. Goodwin designed and built a small chapel on his property for Sunday worship. By 1886, the chapel was too small to accommodate the number of worshipers, so it was moved to its current location (30 Agawam Avenue) and enlarged with additional pews and a bell tower. St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea is a Shingle style structure, as are so many of the Fenwick summer cottages. You can read more about St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea in Marion Hepburn Grant’s The Fenwick Story (Connecticut Historical Society, 1974), pages 37-49.

  1. 2 Responses to “St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea (1886)”

  2. By Margaret B. Smith on Aug 18, 2017

    This article states that the Fenwick summer community has long had its own non-denominational house of worship. This statement is incorrect. It is an Episcopal chapel, but of course, anyone can worship there, and any baptized person may receive Communion. Thank you. Margaret Smith, archivist

  3. By Daniel on Aug 18, 2017

    Thanks! I eliminated the word non-denominational.

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