The history surrounding The Chapel On Sycamore is somewhat of a mystery, as almost all the original records about the church burnt down in a fire in the mid 1800s. Historians believe that the historic landmark first started off as a place of worship for the Decatur First United Methodist Church in 1826. Initially made from logs, it’s thought that the original building wasn’t much to look at, but almost 200 years since its birth, the venue has been completely reconstructed. Inside, sweeping vaulted ceilings, exposed wood beams and a stunning Tiffany stained glass window have transformed the venue, making it the perfect place to host luxurious weddings, special celebratory events and the enchanting series of Candlelight concerts.
Centrally located just miles from downtown Atlanta, The Chapel On Sycamore is easily accessible by car or public transport. The widely popular Decatur Recreation Center is a short 5-minute walk from the venue, and visitors can get there by taking the 41 and 540 bus which stop close by.
Facts, Curiosities and Interesting Things about The Chapel On Sycamore
1. The church was gifted generously
One of the church’s standout features is the beautiful Tiffany stained glass window that then sat directly behind the pulpit. The window was actually donated in memory of Eliza Pearce – a well-to-do member of the church who passed away in 1897. As further reconstructions took place in the 1920s, the window was placed behind the organ where it still stands today.
2. Many restorations have been undertaken over the years
As the mid 19th-century fire destroyed most of the building’s archives, little is known about the history of this building. Originally made from wood, the chapel was super susceptible to fires, so it’s thought that the congregation decided to renovate and rebuild parts with more durable materials. In 1897, construction of the stone structure started and was then completed two years later at a cost of $6,626.
3. A sanctuary for more than just one congregation
By 1967, so many renovations and new structures had been added to the chapel that the original building was no longer of much use to the congregation. The venue welcomed small worship services and held various meetings until the late 1960s when it served as an interim sanctuary for Decatur’s Holy Trinity Episcopal Church after a raging fire destroyed their place of worship.
Candlelight concerts at The Chapel On Sycamore
The Candlelight series is a magical experience that combines the magical glow from thousands of candles with spellbinding renditions of iconic songs, classical compositions and movie soundtracks. From R&B and jazz to neo-soul and hip-hop, these enchanting concerts celebrate a wide range of genres as well as iconic scores from Halloween movies and Christmas classics. Prepare to be enchanted by these unforgettable tributes and more at these mesmerizing candlelit experiences.
What else can you do at The Chapel On Sycamore?
Although The Chapel on Sycamore was initially built as a venue to host religious sermons and church-based events, the building has since transformed into a stunning events space that’s not affiliated with any religion, denomination or church. Birthday celebrations, conferences and non-profit events take place here weekly, and many happy couples have taken advantage of the venue’s timeless interior to provide the perfect backdrop for their wedding day.
The mesmerizing series of Candlelight concerts have taken place in some of Atlanta’s most incredible settings, and continue to dazzle audiences inside venues such as The Trolley Barn, The Wimbish House and Magnolia Hall in addition to The Chapel on Sycamore.
These unforgettable Candlelight concerts have been met with countless 5-star reviews, and they make for an unforgettable experience you won’t want to miss out on. Simply sit back, relax and enjoy spectacular tributes to iconic artists inside this stunning 200-year-old setting.