Conservancy Awards 25 Sacred Sites Grants
Conservancy Awards 25 Sacred Sites GrantsChrist Church New Brighton
Conservancy Awards 25 Sacred Sites GrantsWestminster Presbyterian Buffalo
Conservancy Awards 25 Sacred Sites GrantsThird Church of Christ Scientist
Conservancy Awards 25 Sacred Sites GrantsSt Peters Chelsea
Conservancy Awards 25 Sacred Sites GrantsSt Pauls Lutheran Dansville
Conservancy Awards 25 Sacred Sites GrantsSt Johns Getty Square
Conservancy Awards 25 Sacred Sites GrantsSt Francis of Assisi Manhattan
Conservancy Awards 25 Sacred Sites GrantsOld First Reformed Brooklyn
Conservancy Awards 25 Sacred Sites GrantsGrace Church Syracuse
Conservancy Awards 25 Sacred Sites GrantsFirst Congregational Church of Canandaigua
Conservancy Awards 25 Sacred Sites GrantsEbenezer Gospel Harlem
On October 29th, the Sacred Sites Committee met and pledged over $300,000 in 25 grants to historic religious institutions throughout New York State, from Harlem to Niagara Falls. These included 16 Sacred Sites Grants totaling $78,000, eight Robert W. Wilson-Sacred Sites Challenge Grants totaling $205,000, and one Jewish Heritage Fund Grant totaling $25,000. The June 2014 grant round marked our last Robert W. Wilson-Sacred Sites challenge grant round, following Mr. Wilson’s death last year. As a result, this round attracted more applicants than usual, and was therefore extremely competitive.
The eight Robert W. Wilson-Sacred Sites Challenge Grants included four to New York City churches: $25,000 pledged to the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, in Midtown Manhattan, for replacement of the slate sanctuary roof; $25,000 to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Chelsea, towards phased restoration of its metal roof, cornice, and drainage system; $25,000 to Old First Reformed Church, in Park Slope, for critical façade masonry and roof flashing repairs, which must be completed before the church can begin restoration of its sanctuary ceiling; and $30,000 to Christ Church New Brighton, Staten Island, for comprehensive stone masonry restoration of the church tower. A $25,000 pledge was made to St. John’s Church, Getty Square, Yonkers, which dates from 1752, but was substantially enlarged in 1872, for stained glass window restoration. In central New York, Grace Episcopal Church in Syracuse received a $25,000 pledge towards a tower masonry restoration project. In Western New York, $25,000 was pledged to the First Congregational Church of Canandaigua, a high style Federal church dating from 1812, to stabilize and strengthen undercroft support systems; and Westminster Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, an Italianate church dating from 1858, with a restored Tiffany interior, received a $25,000 pledge for restoration of the church’s slate roof and spire.
Hebrew Tabernacle synagogue in Washington Heights, an unusual Art Deco structure originally constructed as a Christian Science church, was awarded a $25,000 Jewish Heritage Fund grant towards roof and parapet repair. Sacred Sites grants included $10,000 to Ebenezer Gospel Tabernacle Christian Mission of the USA in Harlem, for repairs to its site drainage system, and $6,000 to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Dansville, in the Finger Lakes region, for stained-glass window restoration.