Sacred Sites Program

Conservancy Awards $260,000 to 19 Religious Sites

Conservancy Awards $260,000 to 19 Religious Sites
Conservancy Awards $260,000 to 19 Religious Sites
-Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
Conservancy Awards $260,000 to 19 Religious Sites
Conservancy Awards $260,000 to 19 Religious Sites
-Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

The Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Committee has awarded 19 grants totaling $260,000 to religious properties throughout New York State, including 5 Challenge Grants of between $25,000 and $50,000 and 14 Sacred Sites grants of up to $10,000.

Challenge Grants | Sacred Sites Grants

New York City Challenge Grants included $25,000 each for St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church and Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, both turn-of-the-Century, Gothic revival churches on the Upper West Side, for sidewalk vault restoration and door, stained glass, and masonry restoration, respectively. Old First Presbyterian Church in Huntington, Long Island, and Peekskill Presbyterian Church, in Westchester County, both white shingle New England Meeting House style churches dating from 1784 and 1846, were pledged $35,000 and $25,000, for wood steeple and belfry restoration.

A Jewish Heritage Fund Challenge Grant of $50,000 was awarded to the Jewish Center of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. This Mediterranean Revival synagogue was completed in 1931 by Bloch and Hesse, the architects of Brooklyn’s similarly styled, landmark Lundy’s Restaurant. The synagogue was badly flooded during Superstorm Sandy; the grant is part of a $400,000 project including flood mitigation, masonry and roof restoration.

Fourteen Sacred Sites grants of up to $10,000 were awarded, including $10,000 to Cadman Memorial Congregational Church in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, a large neo-Gothic church complex constructed in 1923, for roof and masonry repairs. Grants were awarded to two additional New York City congregations: Congregation Tifereth Israel, in Corona, received $7,000 for foundation waterproofing; and Christ Church Riverdale, $2,000 for restoration of original wood doors. Outside New York City, four grants of $10,000 each were awarded: to New Life Pentecostal Church in Newburgh and Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kingston, for roof replacement; to Sarah Jane Johnson United Methodist Church in Johnson City, for new protective glazing, storm windows, and front door restoration; and to St. Thomas Church, in Bath, for construction documents for roof restoration.

St. James A.M.E. Zion Church in Ithaca received $8,000 for roof trim restoration and gutter installation; Snell’s Bush Church in Little Falls and First Presbyterian Church in Batavia received $7,000 for stained glass window restoration. St. John’s Episcopal Church in Canandaigua received $6,000, and Israel A.M.E. Church in Albany, both for new protective glazing. Christ Church and the Historic Parsells Church, both in Rochester, each received $4,000 grants for architectural services to guide structural repairs to a failing window bay and to guide roof replacement, respectively.