Created: | Author: Jane Tracy | Location: Thornton Park, Orlando, Florida | Name of Place: Stephen L. Rusk Memorial Chapel | Memory Date Established: May 12, 2012
Community engages as World Ware II chapel steeple is moved from its historic location on the old Army Air Base, Orlando Naval Training Center, to Thornton Park in downtown Orlando.
Read The Orlando Sentinel articles detailing John Moore’s efforts to relocate the chapel steeple to his home in Thornton Park Historic District.
Listen to oral history interview with John Moore on May 12, 2012 in which he shares how people from the community read the articles in the paper and contacted him to tell about their memories of the chapel.
John Moore pursues his vision of adding the Stephen L. Rusk Memorial Chapel steeple to his Victorian style home in Thornton Park while zoning officials and lawyers differ on height and historic district requirements, Orlando Sentinel, June 11, 2000. READ Page K-1Page K-4
City zoning officials and Thornton Park neighbors exchange perspectives on John Moore’s plan to incorporate the Stephen L. Rusk Memorial Chapel steeple in his Victorian home design, Orlando Sentinel, July 9, 2000. READ Page K-1Page K-2
John Moore endeavors to preserve the Stephen L. Rusk Memorial Chapel steeple from the Orlando Naval Training Center as detailed in this August 24, 2000, two page article from the Orlando Sentinel. READ Page I-1Page I-4
Orlando Historic Preservation Officer Jodi Rubin finds postcard of the Chapel at Orlando Army Air Base with steeple on the side allowing John Moore’s design to put the Stephen L. Rusk Memorial Chapel steeple on the side of his house in Thornton Park to gain approval from the City. See two page article with photos, Orlando Sentinel, May 3, 2001. READ Page J-1Page J-3