Who built Oak Hill Chapel?
Oak Hill Chapel was designed and built in 1899 by Sutton Norris, architect, and John Knudson Construction.
Where is the Chapel?
Oak Hill Chapel is located just inside the South entrance to Oak Hill Cemetery, at the North end of Oakhill Dr.
Is the Chapel available for use?
It will be available for use as soon as the restoration is completed. Depending upon donations, this may be as long as several years, or as soon as a year. When it does become available, it may be rented out by the day (possibly half-day) from the City of Janesville, just like park pavilions are rented out now.
How can I volunteer to help with the restoration?
Volunteers are welcome. Attend a meeting of the Friends of Oak Hill Chapel (Mondays at 9:00 am at the Olde Towne Mall basement conference room), and submit your name, experience, availability, etc.
Who owns Oak Hill Chapel?
The Chapel is owned by the City of Janesville, who assumed ownership in 2008 from the Oak Hill Chapel Cemetery Association. This occurred because the Association was unable to meet the cost of running the cemetery.
What religious denomination is Oak Hill Chapel?
Oak Hill Chapel is an all-faiths facility. Everyone is free to use the Chapel.
There is Christian symbolism in the Chapel. Does that mean that other religions cannot use it?
Although the Chapel features many Christian symbols in its stained glass windows and structures, it is open in good faith for all to use for holding services, from funerals to weddings.
How may someone make a donation to the Chapel restoration project?
What is the architectural style of the Chapel?
The Chapel is built in what is now known as Neo-Gothic style, reminiscent of church designs of Europe that date back to the Middle Ages.
Where does all the
donation money go?
All proceeds, after a 5% financial management expense, go directly to the restoration. There are no paid positions within the Friends of Oak Hill Chapel group. Our sole purpose in being is to rescue and restore the Chapel. Its basic maintenance has been neglected for many years, due to a lack of funds to do the upkeep.
Why is the Chapel so important?
The Chapel was built to last for many centuries, not just for one century. The Friends group believes that we owe it to the original builders out of respect for their dedicated effort, as well as to future generations, so they can find the same sense of spiritual peace that we get from it today.
Are there other ways of supporting Oak Hill Chapel besides directly giving money or volunteering?
Yes, there are. Annual membership subscriptions are being offered, and Chapel giftware is also available for purchase at Basics Grocery Store. Also, please let your local City Councilpeople know that you want them to maintain strong support for the Chapel's use and upkeep.
Are there any books about the history of Oak Hill Chapel?
Yes. Maurice Montgomery's book about Oak Hill Cemetery contains much information about the Chapel. It is available at the Janesville Public Library, or for purchase at the Rock County Historical Society.
Are there any videos available that deal with the restoration of the Chapel?
There are several videos available on YouTube that involve the current work of The Friends of Oak Hill Chapel. Just search for "Oak Hill Chapel Janesville" to find them.
Will the City of Janesville tear down the Chapel anyway?
The City Council voted on March 24, 2014 to support the repair and restoration of Oak Hill Chapel, anf at that time they pledged $60,000 to add in along with the $40,000 collected by the Friends group.
Is there a website for
The Friends of Oak Hill Chapel?
You are there now! To go to the
top of this page for all the links.