Architecturally, the Tabernacle is a
unique structure, with wrought iron arches and supports, two clerestories with dozens of
colored glass windows, and an octagonal cupola. In 1979, on the Centennial of
the Tabernacle, the MVCMA was added to the National Register of Historic
Places. In 2000, the Tabernacle was designated as an official project of
"Save America's Treasures."
In early December scaffolding was erected outside of the top of the cupola facilitate renovations to install a new zinc-coated copper roof and Kynar painted steel sides and vanes on the cupola and to paint the interior wrought iron framing. A new carbron-fiber cross will be installed, to be lit from below. These renovations cost more than $600,000, with most of the funds raised from donations, including a generous contribution from the town of Oak Bluffs.
Additional renovations were made to the windows in the upper and lower clerstories in 2009, to restore the tabernacle and prepare it for another century of service to the Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association and the island of Martha's Vineyard.
Contributions to the restoration fund can be made to MVCMA Tabernacle Restoration Fund, P.O. Box 367, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. The MVCMA Tabernacle Restoration Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.