The Hidden Wonders of King’s Chapel

For you architecture fans out there, you will be pleased to note that King’s Chapel, completed in 1754, offers one of the most ornate displays of Georgian Architecture on the East Coast.

There is no end to the fascinating architectural elements found inside the church, from the original box pews to the oldest pulpit (1717) in the United States still in use on the original site. The wine glass pulpit and the underflooring of the church are what remain of the original wooden church built on the site in 1689. The larger stone church was erected around the small wooden one, where services continued while the new church was literally going up around it. When the time came, the old church was torn down, its remains thrown out through the window of the new one!

Corinthian Columns
The twelve pairs of Corinthian columns, representing the 12 apostles, were originally purposed as masts for ships and all hail from the King’s Royal Navy Forest in York, Maine.

Barrel Ceiling
At the apogee of ceiling you will find gothic interlocking arches, cut from wood barrels and fitted together to form perfect arcs, then covered with plaster.

Hidden “Easter eggs”
The church also boasts a number of hidden finds, which, like Easter eggs, if you know what you are looking for, can be spotted throughout the ornate design. Since families owned their pews, they were at liberty to incorporate any design that suited their personal needs. For some, this was as simple as including a bench facing away from the pulpit so parents could keep an eye on the behavior of their children during the service. For secretive hoarders, cabinets, drawers, and even smuggler’s boxes (hidden boxes with locks) were installed in the pews.
Many of these features remain peppered throughout the church. To discover these “Easter eggs” and more, enter through the double doors of King’s Chapel and just ask your friendly tour guide to show you what wonders the church has in store!

Kings Chapel glorious interior