The Cushing Memorial Chapel is a unique historic setting that provides the perfect site for weddings, bar mitzvahs, baptisms and other special events. The landscaped grounds surrounding the chapel are designed and maintained by the Framingham Garden Club. The Chapel is nondenominational, open to all faiths, all religions or civil union ceremonies.
The Cushing Memorial Chapel is available for rental year round and offers seating for 150 people. The Chapel has an organ located in the balcony.
The Chapel is handicap accessible, with ample free parking for guests.
Rates for use of the Chapel are available through the office of Framingham Building Services.
Cushing Memorial Chapel's offers a bit of living history as the site's significance dates back to 1943 when it was built as part of Cushing General Hospital, a 95-building complex built to treat wounded World War II soldiers. Many Framingham and area residents affectionately recall this special part of Framingham's history as countless volunteers from the town donated hours of assistance to our soldiers. Soldiers were transported from the New England seaports via special trains directly into the Cushing Campus to receive the much needed medical care as the United States' involvement in the war increased. This famous hospital was named in honor of Dr. Harvey Cushing, a brilliant neurosurgeon and brain surgery pioneer. At its peak, Cushing Hospital housed 1,750 beds and treated thousands of World War II and Korean War soldiers. During wartime, many Chapel services were held and visitors to the hospital included celebrities such as Bing Crosby and high ranking military officials such as General Douglas MacArthur.
The campus eventually became a veterans' hospital and finally closed its doors in 1985. The Cushing Memorial Chapel is the only building remaining from the original Cushing General Hospital campus. Thanks to the tremendous efforts of a coalition of veterans, community volunteers, historic preservationists and town employees and friends, the Cushing Chapel was saved and magnificently restored for the use of future generations. We are forever indebted to this group for this historic treasure that they preserved .
Many special services are held in the Chapel on Veterans Day and at other holidays throughout the year to honor those who serve and have served our country. The adjacent Cushing Memorial Park features veteran memorials and a beautiful gazebo dedicated as a 9/11 Memorial.
For more information on booking your wedding or special event at the Cushing Memorial Chapel please contact:
Framingham Building Services: (508) 532-5485