Friedens Chapel, Chambers Road

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It was increasingly common the in the mid-Twentieth Century to establish new churches, or “chapels” out in St. Louis County as congregations’ members moved further out from the city.  The Friedens Chapel on Chambers Road continued on the traditions of its parent’s church in Hyde Park, which I have looked at in the past.

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The building is largely the same as it was at its original construction, with a few alterations such as the new porch.

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But what I found particularly fascinating is that the property was clearly a farmstead, and a wealthy one at that.  I’m curious about the history of this august house that clearly predates the church.

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  1. Tom Maher - Kirkwood

    03/18/2014, 03:07 am

    From the City of Bellefontaine’s History site:
    “Frieden’s Evangelical and Reformed Church in 1952 purchased the plantation-type home built in 1880 by Dr. James H. Gibson together with 3.6 acres of land on which they built their church building while preserving the old home.”
    And from the same source:
    “Dr. James W. Gibson, a native of Scotland, joined the landowners of this area in 1832. His home was known as “Forest Home”. His son, Dr. James E. Gibson later bought the woods adjoining “Forest Home” and built his home “Tanglewood” on Chambers Road in 1880.”
    Three different Gibsons?


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