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The Guild House

 

 

Erected in 1799 as a rectory for St. Mary's Church and expanded in the late 1950's, St. Mary's Guild House stands at the north-east corner of West Broad and Talbot Streets next to New St. Mary's Church.  Its first occupant was Dr. Charles Henry Wharton, who served as rector from 1796 to the time of his death in 1833.   His successor, Bishop George Washington Doane lived in the Rector until 1838 when he and his family moved to “Riverside” the Episcopal residence designed by noted architect John Notman for Bishop Doane.

 

In 1869 The Guild House was reorganized as the home of the Missionary Guild by the ladies of the Church. The building was enlarged under the Rev. Charles Henry Hibbard in 1891.

 

The Guild House was used as an emergency hospital for war needs during World War I and also during the epidemic influenza of 1918. In 1959, the Guild House was enlarged again to include the current parish hall dining rooms and 2nd floor classroom. In 2006, a 33 space parking lot was added behind the Guild House.

 

Today the Guild House houses the Parish Office, Church School and Nursery, and Parish Hall.   It is the center of the Parish social and organizational life.  It is also used by many local organizations for meetings and special events throughout the year.