Sacred Sites Program

Conservancy Grants Mend Buildings, Build Community

Conservancy Grants Mend Buildings, Build Community
Conservancy Grants Mend Buildings, Build Community
-Broadway Presbyterian Church, Morningside Heights Historic District
Conservancy Grants Mend Buildings, Build Community
Conservancy Grants Mend Buildings, Build Community
-Broadway Presbyterian Church (photo from Broadway Presbyterian Church)
Conservancy Grants Mend Buildings, Build Community
Conservancy Grants Mend Buildings, Build Community
-St. Anselm’s Roman Catholic Church, The Bronx
Conservancy Grants Mend Buildings, Build Community
Conservancy Grants Mend Buildings, Build Community
-Bridge Street African Wesleyan Methodist Episcopal Church
Conservancy Grants Mend Buildings, Build Community
Conservancy Grants Mend Buildings, Build Community
-Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Flatbush
Conservancy Grants Mend Buildings, Build Community
Conservancy Grants Mend Buildings, Build Community
-United Methodist Church of Patchogue
Conservancy Grants Mend Buildings, Build Community
Conservancy Grants Mend Buildings, Build Community
-First Unitarian Congregational Society, Brooklyn Heights

April, 2018

The Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Committee met on April 23rd and approved 21 new grants totaling $225,000 to help landmark religious properties implement exterior repair and restoration projects. The Conservancy’s grantees host worship and social services. Grants for roof, masonry, and window restoration ensure these community centers can continue to host health, education, and cultural programs in dry, safe, and warm environments.

Broadway Presbyterian Church, in the newly designated Upper Manhattan Morningside Heights Historic District, is one such grantee. The church facility is used by 18,000 people a year who are served through a variety of social and community programs. There are multiple meal programs, a homeless shelter, healthcare clinic, food pantry, social-services guidance, workforce culinary training, nursery school, community rooftop garden, and an ecumenical university outreach program. The church shares space with a Korean Methodist Congregation, and hosts frequent concerts for multiple city orchestral and performance groups.

The Gothic Revival church was designed by Louis E. Jallade and constructed in 1912 of Manhattan schist with cast stone trim. The Conservancy has worked with Broadway Presbyterian since 2016, when a piece of tower masonry fell. Initial Conservancy funding helped underwrite specifications and bid documents by Bone Levine Architects, to guide masonry restoration. The Conservancy’s latest grant of $30,000 will help fund this comprehensive, $1.2 million project.

Three other great New York City institutions were pledged challenge grants of $25,000 to $40,000, including St. Anselm’s Roman Catholic Church in the Melrose neighborhood of the Bronx, helping to fund $2.8 million in copper dome and masonry restoration at this magnificent Byzantine Revival structure; $25,000 to the 1798 Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Flatbush, to assist with $2 million of steeple, roof and masonry restoration; and $25,000 to Bridge Street African Wesleyan Methodist Episcopal Church in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, completed in 1908, to help fund restoration of their monumental “Fishers of Men” figural stained glass window.

Seventeen additional Sacred Sites grants, ranging from $2,000 to $10,000, will help institutions from Patchogue on Long Island to Fredonia in the southwestern corner of the state. Two of these grants were underwritten by new Conservancy supporter the Robert David Lion Foundation: a grant to the 1890 United Methodist Church of Patchogue, and a grant to the 1844 First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn Heights, designed by Minard Lafever.