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Old McKendree Chapel Master Plan
Jackson, MO

The purpose of this project was to provide Site Master Planning documents for an existing historic chapel and cemetery site located on approximately a total of 15.16 acres in Jackson, Missouri. The site currently has an existing chapel built in 1819, the Williams Cabin and natural spring, a building serving as the caretaker house, the cemetery grounds south of County Road 36, and other accessory buildings and improvements. The Chapel is a registered historical site and is the oldest standing Protestant church structure west of the Mississippi. 

Board members of the chapel site desired a Master Plan that would reflect a vision of improvements to the property over a ten year period. Of immediate concern was the screening and buffering of a new residential subdivision along the west property line. Other design factors included expanded and improved parking and circulation, the siting of a future visitor center, a comprehensive trail system, erosion control and sustainability, security and lighting


The Master Plan addressed items and improvements as described below; CLICK ON THE IMAGES BELOW FOR DESCRIPTIONS



  • Future Visitor Center

  • "Ceremonial" Walkway 

  • Storm Water Bio-Retention/Detention  

  • Sample Archaeological Dig Site

  • Stone paved "Founders" Plaza

  • Dedicated ADA Parking w/sidewalk & Ramp to Chapel

  • "Camp" Pavilion w/Liberty Tree Plaque

  • Riparian Creek Preservation/Restoration Zone

  • Native Wild flower/Prairie Zone

  • Dedicated Cemetery Parking

  • Secure Gate Entry

  • Dedicated Trail Parking Area

  • Sewer Line Tree Restoration

  • Meditation Spring Area

  • Landscape Buffer Planting

  • Outdoor Amphitheater

  • National Methodist Shrine Memorial - (art/sculpture - permanent) 

  • Bus Turnaround/Additional Parking

  • Railroad Stop Memorial

  • Designated Trail Crossings


  • Design Programming

  • Site Analysis and Inventory

  • Master Planning Design

  • Stakeholder Meetings

  • Cost Estimation

  • Presentation Drawings



  • Design + Advise Architects/McKendree Chapel Memorial Association