The La Anna Chapel is one of the region's most elegant place to hold Weddings & Rehearsals, Anniversary Parties, Corporate Meetings, Musical & Theatre Events, Art Shows, Charitable Events, and more!
Professional event coordination will ensure your venue will be a success. Elegance and beauty along with sophistication and style makes the La Anna chapel perfect for any function
In 1922 a little country church called St. Mary Magdalene opened its doors to receive local parishioners. Surrounded by majestic trees and flowing meadows, this quaint church constructed of wood and stone served as a beacon of hope for the surrounding community. Native stone and cedar shakes clothed the exterior of the church built by H. Lee Kipp and other local craftsmen. The vertical stone panes, much like a stonewall standing on end, highlighted both the exterior and interior, reaching from floor to ceilings to the roofline. This marvelous design has endeared members and visitors throughout its long history.
First a mission church of St. Ann's Parish, Tobyhanna, St. Mary Magdalene became a part of ST. Rita's Parish, Gouldsboro. It was combined with St. Anthony of Padua that had evolved from the former Newfoundland Arts Center in Newfoundland as a "three-point" combined congregation of St. Rita's Parish.
Many of the local residents recall their weddings in the beautiful church. Some were congregants and others were visitors who had chosen the little church to serve as the place that would hold life's special events. Visitors, vacationers, tourists were often found worshipping in this lovely little country church while others would choose it for the solemnization of their vows.
Dark wooden beams support the interior ceiling, coinciding beautifully with the architecture. Sturdy wooden pews were installed to accommodate nearly one hundred forty worshipers. Like many area churches with small congregations, St. Mary Magdalene was open only during the summer months. As years went by and the population grew, the church would remain open during the winter, especially since the full basement was added with modern oil heat and plumbing.
Breathtaking stained glass windows lighted the church, some as memorials to the faithful and others honoring the living and active members. The name of Mrs. Catherine A. Melcher, who was among the very first parishioners, was inscribed on one of these panes as well as many other contributing members. During the drilling of a new well, one of these precious stained glass windows was cracked. This window had been originally made by the Tyrol Art Glass Company of Innsbruck, Austria. Glass repair is done best by the original craftsmen, so it was believed impossible to have it properly repaired. However, as good fortune would have it, the well driller was en route to Austria. To no small expense, he took the window with him and had it repaired and shipped back to be replaced.
In 1986, the church was completely rewired and new chandeliers were hung to complement the decor. The electrician thoughtfully rewired three of the original lighting fixtures because, like the well driller, he greatly believed in the church's sentimental value.
The now decommissioned Catholic Church, vacant for approximately 15 years, was purchased by Janet Ford in 2007. Janet set off to restore it to its original condition as a gift to the community of La Anna and to all those who live in the Pocono Mountain region. It is now proudly named, La Anna Chapel.
Preservation of the exquisitely Austrian-crafted hand paintings on translucent red, blue, gold, green, and pink stained glass windows, striking wood beams, arched ceilings, wood plank floors, and stonework pillars built of local ground river rocks are all reminiscent of the Arts and Craft period in the early 1900's. These invaluable ascetics lend to the appeal and irresistible draw of the La Anna Chapel's beauty.*
La Anna Chapel has opened its doors to those who want to create lasting memories at this inspirational chapel. This beautiful treasure, amongst the small town of La Anna, has once again come to life. La Anna Chapel will serve as an event center for life's greatest events such as, weddings, anniversaries, renewal of vows, christenings, birthdays, musical recitals, concerts, or any other joyous celebrations.
In 2007, event planner Elika Almeida met with Janet Ford and shared her dream of this chapel being used as a place to hold special events. Her dreams are now a reality. Events in La Anna Chapel are coordinated and administered by her. With over 10 years of event planning experience, Elika ensures that La Anna Chapel is the setting and occasion you will always remember. Come join us in continuing this long, historical tradition of celebratory events as we revitalize the past to help celebrate the future at La Anna Chapel.