In the north-west corner of Indiana sits a gorgeous, congregation-built cordwood church.  Our Lady of Guadalupe nestles into its surroundings in the town of Chesterton, Indiana. Our Lady of Guadalupe Cordwood Chapel in Chesterton, Indiana

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The details of the building are as follows:

“The Chapel is made from 12″ split logs from the large oak trees that fell when the tornado came over the top of the church and through our town a few years ago. The logs were then laid in mortar and sawdust. It was a very time-consuming process and took a little longer than we all expected.”

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“We used special ordered cedar rough sawn 12 x 12 timbers for the main structure and then 2×8 rough sawn cedar for the rafters so they could be exposed along with the 1×12 rough sawn cedar planked ceiling.”

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“The pews are from the old St. Pats church in town and the alter and pictures were hand made by a few members of the parish.”
For more information on this specific building construction, contact:

Roberts Development Inc. 812 Olde Towne Square Chesterton, IN  46304

For information on cordwood construction in general or to learn how to build your own cabin, cottage, garage, studio or retreat, go to   The latest book available, with all the current code information, including wood, insulation and mortar choices is Cordwood Construction Best Practices.

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