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The City of Pocatello Historic Preservation Commission is planning a restoration effort for a local icon.
Recently, the group decided that Brady Chapel, located at Mountain View Cemetery, will be the subject of their rehabilitation efforts. Dedicated Memorial Day 1922, the sanctuary was built by the family of James Brady who served as Idaho’s Governor from 1908 to 1911 and as a United States Senator from 1913 until his death in 1918. Over the years, it has seen its share of highs and lows.
“In the 1970s, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places,” said Terri Neu, Staff Liaison for the Pocatello Historic Preservation Commission. “Shortly after that, the chapel was used as storage. Now, the chapel is opened to the public on Memorial Day and the commission would like to get chapel into a condition worthy of its distinction.”
Neu says one of their first projects is to replace the limestone pinnacles on the chapel.
“The pinnacles have been carved and now we just need to raise the money to get them installed,” said Neu.
Commission members are also in the midst of looking for the original pews that adorned the chapel. Currently, only two of them remain in the building.
“We’ve had a few tips come in on where they might be, but as far as we know, they were either sold at auction or given away,” said Neu. “We also heard some may have been at the Bannock County Courthouse but after taking look, they’re not in the building. If you’ve got an idea where they may be located, we’d love to hear it.”
Those interested in helping or donating to the restoration effort can contact Terri Neu at 234-6500.
For more information on the Pocatello Historic Preservation Commission, visit pocatello.us/255/Historic-Preservation-Commission and more on Brady Chapel can be found at pocatello.us/171/Brady-Chapel.