Sacred Sites Program

Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants

Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
-Baptist Temple, Newburgh
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
-Cooperstown, United Methodist Church
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
-Delaware Avenue Baptist Church, Buffalo
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
-First Congregational Church of Riverhead
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
-First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
-Fly Creek United Methodist Church
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
-Glen Reformed Church, Fultonville
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
-New Life Fellowship Church, Elmhurst, Queens
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
-Smithfield Presbyterian Church, Amenia
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
-Parksville United Methodist Church
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
-St Peter's Episcopal Church, Cazenovia
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
-Church of St. Nicholas-on-the-Hudson, New Hamburg
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
-Trinity Episcopal Church, Buffalo
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
-West Charlton United Presbyterian Church
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
-Manhattan Beach Jewish Center, Brooklyn

October, 2015

On October 19th, the Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Committee met and pledged $252,500 in 15 grants to historic religious institutions throughout New York State, from Long Island to Buffalo. These included nine Sacred Sites grants totaling $57,500, five Sacred Sites Challenge grants totaling $170,000, and one Jewish Heritage Fund grant of $25,000. Altogether, these grants will help fund $3.1 million in restoration work on structural framing, roofs, facades, masonry and stained glass.

The Challenge Grants: New Life Fellowship Church, in Elmhurst, Queens, is a New York City landmark, and was originally constructed in 1923-24 as a sumptuous Renaissance Revival Elks Lodge clubhouse, with handsome parlors and dining rooms, a wood paneled basement bar, and an auditorium featuring exuberant Mayan-style decoration, which now serves as the worship space for this diverse, 800-member congregation, which hosts a daily food pantry, a dental and health clinic, as well as language classes and an after-school program. A $40,000 challenge grant will help match a $500,000 New York State restoration grant, and help fund a $1.3 million façade, window, and terrace restoration. The First Congregational Church of Riverhead, a 1902, wood frame church with Romanesque, Victorian Gothic, and Shingle Style influences, was awarded $50,000 to help repair severely cracked and failing timber roof trusses, a $425,000 project. Smithfield Presbyterian Church in rural Amenia, Dutchess County, a highly intact, temple-fronted church dating from 1847-1848, was pledged $25,000 towards the $235,000 restoration of its monumental Greek Revival portico. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Cazenovia, twenty miles southeast of Syracuse, which dates from 1848 and is attributed to Richard Upjohn, was awarded $25,000 towards the $100,000 restoration of its cedar shingle roof. First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo, a handsome Richardsonian Romanesque church constructed in 1891, and prominently sited overlooking Symphony Circle, was pledged $30,000 towards the $440,000 restoration of its deteriorated, 168’ sandstone tower.

A Jewish Heritage Grant of $25,000 was pledged to the Manhattan Beach Jewish Center, in Brooklyn, a mid-century modern synagogue with a Guastavino tile sanctuary. The facility was badly damaged in Super-storm Sandy; the challenge grant will assist with repairs to façade masonry.

Among the nine Sacred Sites grants was $7,500 for another Romanesque Revival Buffalo Church, Delaware Avenue Baptist Church, to fund architectural services to guide replacement of its complicated, multi-sloped roofs. A third Buffalo church, Trinity Episcopal, was awarded $10,000 towards the phased replacement of its deteriorated protective glazing, altogether projected at $1.2 million, to preserve the church’s notable collection of stained glass by LaFarge and Tiffany, as well as other major American, British, and Bavarian studios. Additional Sacred Sites grants were pledged to Baptist Temple Church in Newburgh ($9,000 for repairs to deteriorated gable trim), and St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in New Hamburg, in Dutchess County ($9,000 for stained glass restoration). Two other churches were also awarded grants for stained glass repair, Fly Creek United Methodist Church in Otsego County ($4,500), and Glen Reformed Church in Fultonville, Montgomery County ($6,000). Other matching grants included $6,500 to Parksville United Methodist Church in Sullivan County, for roof replacement, $4,000 to West Charlton United Presbyterian Church, in Saratoga County, for bell tower repairs, and $1,000 to Cooperstown United Methodist Church in Cooperstown, for the design and implementation of improved site drainage.