AKA: Luce Foundation, St. Ann Chapel, Palo Alto, CA; Anglican Province of Christ the King, Saint Ann Chapel, Palo Alto, CA

Structure Type: built works - religious structures - chapels

Designers: Raney, Vincent G., Architect (firm); Vincent Gerard Raney (architect)

Dates: constructed 1950-1951

541 Melville Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301

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Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987), the noted writer, politician, political power broker and wife of Time Incorporated's founder, Henry Luce (1898-1967), had this small chapel erected for her daughter, Ann, who died in an automobile accident while a student at Stanford University in 01/1944. Ann Clare Brokaw was Luce's daughter from her first marriage to the clothing fortune heir George Tuttle Brokaw (1879–1935). The Thomas Merton Center, a one-time owner of St. Ann Chapel noted the building's chain of ownership after 1998: "In late 1998 the Diocese of San Jose chose to sell the St. Ann property along with the former Newman Center adjacent to the chapel. The Henry Luce Foundation acquired the Chapel portion of the parcel and then entered into a lease agreement with the Thomas Merton Center. The Merton Center has offered many of its spiritual education programs at the chapel. In April 2003 the Henry Luce Foundation sold the chapel to the Anglican Province of Christ the King, which is headquartered in Berkeley, California. The new owners intend to restore the chapel to its original lustre and resume liturgical services. The chapel will continue to be maintained as a memorial to Ann Clare Brokow [sic]." (See Thomas Merton Center for Catholic Spiritual Development,Accessed 06/02/2011.)

Tel: 650.838.0508 (2011).

PCAD id: 10602