St. Mary Chapel renovation expected to be completed by April

Knoxville businessman Keith Vaughn set out to restore a historic chapel into a business venture and the first stage of the project’s completion is within sight.
Vaughn now says by the end of April all work should be done on St. Mary’s Chapel.

The chapel is a remaining part of the St. Mary’s School for Girls that closed amidst the Great Depression for financial reasons.

After Vaughn’s renovation of the chapel, including the cloister, or front porch, a 300-seat reception hall will follow.

Vaughn tells WGIL there are just a few things that need to be done before April.

“We’ve got to finish pouring the concrete over the cloister floor and of course the sewer line will have to be dug in the spring, we’ll fix the window and just do the painting and things that are more warm weather stuff,” Vaughn says. “Other than that everything is pretty well on track.”

There was no active water line, so a new water line was installed.

Vaughn says that’s as close to a snag as he’s run into.

There’s also new gas and electrical service.

Even the budgeted cost is coming close if not under, right around $250,000 to $300,000.