Helen Jenkins Chapel was first constructed as the Norwegian Lutheran Church by Scandinavian settlers who had relocated to Thorsby. The Norwegian Congregation was formed in Thorsby in 1897 but had lacked a permanent structure until the church's completion in 1903. At the time Thorsby also had a Concordia Swedish Lutheran Church located on Jones Street which no longer stands.
For a time after the church congregation dissolved in 1960, the building served as a Masonic Lodge. It was given the title Helen Jenkins Chapel many years later in memory of Helen Jenkins who was the long standing principal of Thorsby Institute which stood across the street on the site of the present school.
Helen Jenkins Chapel remains in mostly its original design other than the early removal of a balcony and an addition for classrooms.
Helen Jenkins Chapel may be rented for events through reservations made with Thorsby Town Hall. The rental fee for usage is $300.00 per day for town residents and $350.00 per day for non-residents. There is a deposit required at the time of reservation. The deposit for residents is $65.00 and for non-residents it is $75.00. Rental includes use of the kitchen, restroom, and the tables and chairs on site. There is also a small meeting/dressing room available with the rental. Contact town hall at 205 646-3575 or email at email@example.com for more information.
The following rules shall apply to all rentals:
Hours of operation for Helen Jenkins Chapel are from 8:00 am until 10:00 pm.
NO decorations of any kind are to be placed on walls.
All tables and chairs used must be put away when event has ended.
Each renter must furnish their own garbage bags, cleaning supplies, paper towels, etc.
Helen Jenkins Chapel is not available for rental for children's birthday parties.
Heat must be set at 55° during winter months when leaving.
Air conditioning must be set at 80° in summer months when leaving.
NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES will be allowed in the building or on the premises at any time.
Each renter is responsible for any individuals attending any function during their rental time.
Deposits will not be returned until the following Wednesday after the key is returned and a town employee has checked the premises.
There will be NO deposit refund if for any reason any of these rules set forth for Helen Jenkins Chapel are not followed.
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