Tour of the Historic Saint Paul’s School Chapel
There is a lot of valuable information, as well as, networking opportunities available for the taking when attending an industry conference.
Last week I was a first time attendee at the NNECERAPPA Conference at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH. The NNECERAPPA is the Northern New England Chapter Eastern Region of APPA, which focuses on improving educational facilities through accessibility, high quality leadership and instruction, as well as physically improving educational facilities to increase efficiency, retention and participation. This was two day conference held on Thursday March 6th and Friday March 7th. Thursday morning began with a breakfast buffet and networking among attendees, which included architects, engineers, facilities folks from schools all over New England, and many more. The next day and a half was filled with trade shows, luncheons, seminars, a dinner banquet, and more networking.
In addition to all of the networking – my absolute favorite part of this conference was the tour of the famous St. Paul’s School Chapel. The Chapel of St. Peter and St. Paul was designed by Henry Vaughn in the English Gothic style and built in 1888 with a 1928 Cram and Ferguson addition. The detailed wood carvings throughout the chapel, the reredos behind the altar, the carillon, and the detailed stained glass windows are some of the buildings particularly distinctive features. The chapel also houses an Aeolian Skinner pipe organ, the largest in New Hampshire. The students gather here four times a week to sing, to pray, to laugh, to perform – to participate fully in a community unlike any other.
It is always important to take full advantage of any conference you attend, you never know what might leave a lasting impression.