Chocolate Church, Bath

The Story

The Chocolate Church, a Gothic Revival Style structure in Bath, was constructed in 1847. Designed by Arthur Gilman, the church commands a presence as one of the most high style examples of sacred architecture in wood. The church is currently home to the Chocolate Church Arts Center, and important cultural center for Midcoast Maine.

 The Threat

Deteriorating conditions of the structure are the primary concern in the Chocolate Church. The belfry is particularly endangered due to the advanced deterioration of its structure, and the tower leans to one side.  An Analysis of current conditions by Preservation Timber Framing notes that quick action is necessary to preserve the historic integrity of the structure.

 The Solution

Community support and consistent efforts on the part of the Chocolate Church Arts Center are the backbone to any preservation efforts. Additional sources of funding will have to be secured in order to ensure its longevity.