The Eisenhower Memorial Chapel No. 1 is an important part of Lowry’s history — it was the first chapel to be built on the Lowry Air Force Base and was dedicated just fourteen days before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. This non-denominational gathering place was originally one of four chapels that were built for enlistees to have a place of worship. While the other three buildings have since been demolished, Building 27 was preserved due to its connection to President Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower who attended services with his wife Mamie during the summers of his administration. The Chapel was listed on the National Historic Registry in 1981; in 2007 it was moved 40 degrees to face the Plaza. The Eisenhower Chapel is a vital part of current day Lowry, too: it’s the site for community meetings, home to a congregation, and hosts annual events such as the Speaker Series.
The siding of the Chapel is in dire need of restoration. The “Side With Us” Restoration Campaign launched in late 2018 to raise funds to restore the historic siding of the Chapel. The Lowry Community Master Association was able to match $10,000 in your donations to launch the campaign! The Colorado State Historic Fund also provided a $104,000 matching grant, bringing the Campaign closer to its $204,000 goal. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far! If you have not donated yet, you can do so here. Keep an eye on the thermometer sign at the front of the Chapel to see how your gift has or will impact the project!