Sacred Sites Open House

Since 2011 congregations throughout the State have been invited to open their doors for Sacred Sites Open House so neighbors and tourists can experience first-hand the wonderful art, architecture and history of New York’s religious sites. Visitors can also learn about the crucial social and cultural programming these magnificent religious institutions provide their communities.

The annual Sacred Sites Open House has three objectives:

• To encourage sacred sites to open their doors to the general public. Inviting visitors is a great way to build broad community support for the ongoing preservation of historic institutions.

• To inspire residents to be tourists in their own town, introducing non-members to the history, art and architecture embodied in sacred places. New Yorkers tour religious sites around the world but may overlook those in their own back yard. Developing cultural tourism is key to the future of sacred sites.

• To publicize the many programs and services religious institutions offer their neighbors. The important work these sites provide benefits the entire community – not just the congregation’s members- and help ensure the congregation’s future.

The Conservancy hosted its seventh annual Sacred Sites Open House on May 20 & 21 with a record 173 sites participating throughout New York State, 64 of which were in New York City. This year’s theme, “Stained Glass: Windows on this World and the Next” provided the backdrop for churches, synagogues, temples and meetinghouses to showcase their breathtaking stained glass windows by prominent American and European designers. Participating sites featured special guided tours, lectures, organ demonstrations as well as provided information on their cultural and social programs offered throughout the year.

Check out our Facebook page for photos from previous Open House weekends.
2017 Photo Album
2016 Photo Album
2015 Photo Album
2014 Photo Album
2013 Photo Album
2012 Photo Album
2011 Photo Album

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Past Events

2017 Sacred Sites Open House

Eldridge Street Synagogue: Photo courtesy of EverGreene Architectural Arts (Kiki Smith - Deborah Gans stained-glass window)

Location: Various Locations Statewide
Date: May 20, 2017

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May 21-22, 2016

Date: May 21, 2016

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May 16 and 17, 2015

Date: May 16, 2015

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