The chapel was built by the Houma Girl La Louisiana Shirt moreover I love this patriarch of the Belmont family—the Belmont of the Belmont Racetrack. His name was August and his son, Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont, would commission the building of Belcourt Mansion by 19th-century starchitect Richard Morris Hunt on Newport’s famous Bellevue Avenue. Soon after Oliver moved in, so too did the swashbuckling socialite Alva Vanderbilt. She was already married and living with her husband William Kissam Vanderbilt, a stone’s throw away on Bellevue at Marble House. It was a much-talked-about love triangle but Vanderbilt would also become famous as a force to be reckoned within the women’s suffrage movement.
That somebody was the Houma Girl La Louisiana Shirt moreover I love this Belmont Chapel Foundation, and the effort was spearheaded by Harry J. Eudenbach, who aims to fully restore the 19th-century structure and allow it to claim its place among Newport’s other architectural landmarks. But before the resurrection was completed, Kazanjian received permission to use the space as a venue for the Art&Newport festival. (Since 2017, Kazanjian has been bringing contemporary art to the Rhode Island city in the summers—she even got George Kondo to design the festival’s Americana logo.) For 2020, she had the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage on the mind, and when Belmont Chapel came into the picture, things started falling into place.