Sanctuary interior from the back
Sanctuary interior, with flexible seating.

Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society makes its beautiful, bright, new, environmentally-friendly sanctuary building and the adjacent Fenn House available to the community and to CVUUS members for weddings, memorial services, concerts, meetings, and other events. These facilities are located in Middlebury, Vermont, at the corner of Charles Avenue and Duane Court. If you would like to see our buildings in person or have questions about the use of the buildings, please contact us at office@cvuus.org or (802) 388-8080.

Our sanctuary was designed by Gossens Bachman Architects to reflect our commitment to environmental responsibility by minimizing our carbon footprint. Our sanctuary has two levels: the main level and lower level. 

The sanctuary main level will seat up to 260 people on a beautiful wooden floor. It is natural light filled and has an excellent audio system, outstanding acoustics, and a highly prized grand piano.  It includes a small meeting room that seats 10-12 people around a table and a nursery that can be reserved.

The sanctuary lower level includes our Ann Ross Fellowship Hall equipped with a commercial kitchen that can be used for catered receptions, an upright piano and a portable sound system. Like the main level, it includes a small meeting room that can be reserved. Many find the sanctuary small meeting rooms perfect for staging breakout groups or prep for performers.

The Fenn House is our second building, renovated to include meeting and classroom space as well as a full kitchen and a small chapel with an upright piano.

Our buildings have wifi access and gender-neutral restrooms. They are accessible to wheelchairs, with the exception of the Fenn House Basement Classroom and Game Room.

Photo by Lynn Rice
Sanctuary exterior

Building Use

To learn about guidelines and expectations for those using our buildings, please see the Building Use Agreement.

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For more in-depth information on pricing and policies for non-member use of the buildings, please see Building Use Agreement. Note that there are three tiers of rates (standard rate for ticketed events, waived rate for those approved by us, and a non-profit or CVUUS member rate). We offer rates for full day and half day use. Please note that there is a $50 fee for a CVUUS-approved event manager for large or complex events who will provide access to the building and help with any building-related questions that arise during your use of the building.

Parking

CVUUS has an on-site parking lot with twelve spaces. Additional parking may be made available at the nearby Middlebury Union High School parking lot, depending on availability, by arrangement through us: parking-map-2014

Fenn House chapel
Fenn House chapel

Building Use Application

To apply to use one of our spaces, please print out, complete, and email to office@cvuus.org or mail to CVUUS, 2 Duane Court, Middlebury, VT 05753:

  1. A signed copy of the Building Use Agreement
  2. For groups with insurance coverage, a certificate of insurance listing CVUUS as an “additional insured”
or
  3. For groups without insurance coverage or for individuals, a signed copy of this Hold Harmless Agreement.

You may also bring the completed documents to the CVUUS office in the Fenn House, at 2 Duane Court, Middlebury. Office hours are Tues-Fri 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact the CVUUS office at office@cvuus.org or (802) 388-8080.

Photo Credits:  Llyn Rice, Gossens Bachman Architects, and Google Earth.