Circle Tours

Grace Church, Brooklyn Heights

the ceiling before restoration

February 5, 2014

The New York Landmarks Conservancy was pleased to offer members of its Professional Circle a hard hat tour of Grace Church in Brooklyn Heights led by Lisa Swyers, historic preservationist for ICS Builders.

Grace Church was designed by renowned Gothic Revival architect Richard Upjohn and constructed in 1847-1849. The sanctuary contains figural stained glass memorial windows by many prominent studios including three windows by the Tiffany studios and two by J & R Lamb; a window by Cottier & Co., and several by Clayton & Bell.

Grace is presently undergoing extensive renovation, including the replacement and installation of a new copper roof and substantial interior work which includes restoring the original painted ceilings and walls in the sanctuary. To learn more, read David Dunlap’s article in The New York Times.

The Conservancy recently awarded Grace Church a $30,000 Robert W. Wilson Sacred Sites Challenge grant for the project which is scheduled for completion by April 2014.

Design Team Information
Project Architect: Leo J Blackman Architects

Exterior Architect: Cutsogeorge Tooman & Allen Architects
Decorative Painting: Evergreene Studios
Lighting Design: Tillett Lighting Design

Structural Engineer: Anastos Engineering
Electrical Engineer: Irwin Associates
Mechanical Engineer: P.A.Collins P.E.

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Throughout the year, Circle tours go behind-the-scenes of some of New York’s most interesting historic properties. Some tours require hard hats to visit projects during restoration, while others showcase completed restorations of commercial buildings, residences, museums, churches, and synagogues. On occasion, conservators, engineers, and craftspeople open their studios to our Circle members.

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