Chapel of Our Lady of the Assumption Enders Island, CT
Enders Island, accessible by a causeway from the Connecticut coast, is named for the family who purchased it early in the last century. Their estate, which included a main house, extensive gardens, and several outbuildings, now provides an ideal setting for a retreat center. Like the Enders House, the Chapel is built of rough fieldstone. Its sturdy tower, round arches, and picturesque composition were conceived with the rustic surroundings in mind.
With a timber-trussed roof, bluestone floor, and plain plaster walls, the interior of the Chapel embodies sheer simplicity. To either side of the altar, large leaded glass windows filter pale aquatic blue and green light into the space, softening the sun’s glare while nonetheless allowing views of the sea. The quiet elegance of this compact worship space reflect not only close attention to detail, but also a careful consideration of place.
As a project architect at Keefe Associates, SSV principal Gerry Sullivan was heavily involved in the design of the Chapel of Our Lady of the Assumption.