Crooked Steeple Hall: Save the Steeple!

Help us rescue a charming antique church and turn it into a unique space for nonprofit events, private functions and community engagement.

Katrina
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Project Ends on October 31, 2019

Project Description

We’re revitalizing a piece of history in the heart of Maine. With your help, we’ll rescue a charming antique church from ruin and turn it into a unique space for nonprofit events, private functions and community engagement. Crooked Steeple Hall, a building on the National Register of Historic Places, is already the centerpiece of our wedding and event space. Now we want to make it the heart of Winterport life.

Inside Crooked Steeple Hall many original details are preserved including tin walls and stained glass windows.

Preserving the Past

The year was 1850 and Winterport was becoming the home of choice for sea captains who sailed the eastern seaboard and beyond. Sailors chose the spot because it was the last unfrozen inland harbor on the Penobscot River. Goods shipped from nearby Bangor could reach the world via Winterport. A decade before the town of Winterport incorporated, local people built a church to house their growing Methodist population. 

In the 1870’s the congregation bought a bell cast by Black and Co., the foundry in Massachusetts that was originally owned by Paul Revere. They hung it inside the quintessential New England white steeple. That very steeple now threatens this historic building. Without extensive repair the Winterport skyline will lose some of its distinctive New England charm and Crooked Steeple Hall will lose its namesake. 

 

The Woman Behind Crooked Steeple

Founder Katrina Petersen bought Crooked Steeple because she fell in love with Winterport and couldn’t bear to see such an iconic feature of its skyline disappear. As a newly divorced mother, Katrina had limited time and limited funds, but she also had a vision. 

Crooked Steeple Hall would become a destination event space. She pictured brides entering for their wedding reception after getting married in the Union Meeting House across the street. She envisioned political debates that facilitated free speech and promoted the deomocratic process. She imagined silent auctions raising thousands to support local charities and nonprofits.
 
There was just one problem, Crooked Steeple Hall needed work. A lot of work. Much as she loved the space, she knew that restoring it and keeping it in good condition would take money. She’s already begun a $200,000 renovation, doing much of the work herself with the help of town residents, and calling in Winterport businesses to do the specialized work. 

Once it’s fully functional, Crooked Steeple Hall should generate a yearly revenue of over $350,000, enabling Katrina to offer the space free of charge for non-profit groups while maintaining the iconic building.  

Katrina has put hours of sweat equity into Crooked Steeple Hall with the help of local townspeople and business owners.

 

Crooked Steeple Today

Katrina bought Crooked Steeple Hall with an audacious goal in mind. She wanted to completely restore this historic building. The vaulted space with its stained glass windows would become the perfect location for weddings, non-profit events, and political debates. 

The idea isn’t as crazy as it sounds. Just 1 hour from Acadia National Park, Crooked Steeple Hall maintains the quaint New England charm without the commercialization that has changed the face of more tourist-focused areas. Winterport is a haven for vacationers and locals alike who want the authentic Maine experience. 

With a suite located inside the hall and additional lodging at the nearby 1812 Pierce House, visitors to Winterport are within easy driving distance to some of Maine’s most iconic destinations including Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, Downtown Bucksport, Fort Knox and the Penobscot Narrows Observatory. 

 

Help Us Save the Steeple!

We need your help. The hall is a priceless piece of Winterport’s history, but rescuing it is going to take resources. $100,000 will help us create a beautiful space for visitors and community members to connect, work, gather and learn in historic Winterport. Select and investment level and help us save the steeple!

 


 

The Project FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (others will be added as they come up):

  • Where is Crooked Steeple Hall? Crooked Steeple Hall is located in Winterport, Maine - the only Winterport in the world! We are steps from the Penobscot River, about 3 hours into Maine along the coast.
  • How old is the building? It was built in 1850, making it 169 years old this year. 
  • How many people can sleep in the Crooked Steeple Hall suite? 4 people can sleep comfortably in the Crooked Steeple Hall suite
  • How many people can Crooked Steeple Hall accommodate? A maximum of 250 guests depending on seating and layout.

 

 

Peter Swanberg
08/06/2019
Postcard, Sticker, 1 Bag CSH exclusive
$100
08/06/2019
Postcard, Sticker, 1 Bag CSH exclusive
$50
$10
Eternal Gratitude

Crooked Steeple Postcard, a shout out on social media, a place on the thank you page of our website, and our eternal gratitude

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$30
Winterport Giftpack

A postcard featuring a one-of-a-kind watercolor painting of Crooked Steeple Hall by an artist who stayed in the Crooked Steeple Suite, a Sticker, and Knotty Goat Soap, handmade in Winterport.

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$50
Tea (and coffee) for Two

Postcard, Sticker, 1 Bag CSH exclusive locally roasted coffee and 1 bag of Winterport Breakfast tea blend

498 Left
2 Supporters
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$300
Sleep In

1 night stay at Crooked Steeple Hall for 4 guests. Share a memorable evening with a selection of local beverages and a local smoked charcuterie platter. Wake up the next morning to tea, coffee and baked goods from the Bantam Cafe. 

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$500
Take a Weekend

2 night stay at Crooked Steeple Hall with a complementary selection of local beverages. 

0 Supporters
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$1,000
Name A Pew

Remember someone you've lost or promote your business with a metal plaque on one of our 10 original pews that will provide additional seating inside Crooked Steeple Hall. 

10 Left
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$5,000
Make It Your Own

Get exclusive use of the hall Thursday-Sunday, with accommodations for 4 included. Throw a party, host a retreat, do some yoga, dance like no one is watching. What you do is up to you.

0 Supporters
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$8,500
Relax and Recharge

Enjoy a relaxing 3 Day/2 Night retreat for you and as many as 5 friends.

0 Supporters
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$10,000
Say I Do

Hold your wedding or other special event at Crooked Steeple Hall. Includes a 4 day and 3 night stay at 812 Pierce, Union Meeting House for as many as 18 guests. 

0 Supporters
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$20,000
Party LIke It's 1999!

Party LIke It's 1999!

We'll help you host an unforgettable party.  

0 Supporters
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$50,000
Dream Maine Wedding

Plan a wedding that's everything you've dreamed of and more with help from Wedding and Events Director, Elishia Townsend. 

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0 Supporters
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$100,000
Fantasy Coastal Wedding

Plan your perfect day with help from Wedding and Events Director, Elishia Townsend.

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Rewards

$10
Eternal Gratitude

Crooked Steeple Postcard, a shout out on social media, a place on the thank you page of our website, and our eternal gratitude

100 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$30
Winterport Giftpack

A postcard featuring a one-of-a-kind watercolor painting of Crooked Steeple Hall by an artist who stayed in the Crooked Steeple Suite, a Sticker, and Knotty Goat Soap, handmade in Winterport.

100 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$50
Tea (and coffee) for Two

Postcard, Sticker, 1 Bag CSH exclusive locally roasted coffee and 1 bag of Winterport Breakfast tea blend

498 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
$300
Sleep In

1 night stay at Crooked Steeple Hall for 4 guests. Share a memorable evening with a selection of local beverages and a local smoked charcuterie platter. Wake up the next morning to tea, coffee and baked goods from the Bantam Cafe. 

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$500
Take a Weekend

2 night stay at Crooked Steeple Hall with a complementary selection of local beverages. 

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,000
Name A Pew

Remember someone you've lost or promote your business with a metal plaque on one of our 10 original pews that will provide additional seating inside Crooked Steeple Hall. 

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$5,000
Make It Your Own

Get exclusive use of the hall Thursday-Sunday, with accommodations for 4 included. Throw a party, host a retreat, do some yoga, dance like no one is watching. What you do is up to you.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$8,500
Relax and Recharge

Enjoy a relaxing 3 Day/2 Night retreat for you and as many as 5 friends.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$10,000
Say I Do

Hold your wedding or other special event at Crooked Steeple Hall. Includes a 4 day and 3 night stay at 812 Pierce, Union Meeting House for as many as 18 guests. 

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$20,000
Party LIke It's 1999!

Party LIke It's 1999!

We'll help you host an unforgettable party.  

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$50,000
Dream Maine Wedding

Plan a wedding that's everything you've dreamed of and more with help from Wedding and Events Director, Elishia Townsend. 

1 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$100,000
Fantasy Coastal Wedding

Plan your perfect day with help from Wedding and Events Director, Elishia Townsend.

1 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward