Sacred Sites Program

Conservancy Interns Survey Historic Houses of Worship in Brooklyn

Conservancy Interns Survey Historic Houses of Worship in Brooklyn
Conservancy Interns Survey Historic Houses of Worship in Brooklyn
-Olivia Needham, Molly Rockhold, and Gwen Stegall
Conservancy Interns Survey Historic Houses of Worship in Brooklyn
Conservancy Interns Survey Historic Houses of Worship in Brooklyn
-Olivia Needham photographs iconostasis at St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
Conservancy Interns Survey Historic Houses of Worship in Brooklyn
Conservancy Interns Survey Historic Houses of Worship in Brooklyn
-Intern Gwen Stegall and Conservancy Architectural Historian Glen Umberger outside of Trinity Lutheran Church in Bay Ridge.
Conservancy Interns Survey Historic Houses of Worship in Brooklyn
Conservancy Interns Survey Historic Houses of Worship in Brooklyn
-Molly Rockhold photographing interior of Gravesend Tabernacle Church (in Gravesend, Brooklyn).

Brooklyn
Summer 2017

The Conservancy’s multi-year architectural survey of New York City’s historic houses of worship continued this summer when our interns focused on Brooklyn’s Protestant church buildings. Gwendolyn Stegall, a graduate student in Columbia’s Historic Preservation Program, Olivia Needham, a graduate student in Roger Williams University’s Historic Preservation Program and Molly Rockhold, who recently earned a B.A. in Urban Design and Architecture Studies and Spanish and Language Culture from New York University, visited 65 churches, photographing each of the buildings (including the interiors of many) and conducted extensive archival research on the history, architecture and art of these important buildings. This information will be used to build our Historic Houses of Worship website.

The Conservancy launched its unprecedented survey of NYC’s historic religious architecture in 2004. Over the last decade, working with talented historic preservation graduate students, the Conservancy has surveyed over 1,300 historic religious properties, beginning with Roman Catholic churches and synagogues citywide (including sites repurposed for religious use by other faiths). In 2010, we started surveying Protestant churches in all five boroughs.

Since 2009, the Conservancy has listed 17 synagogues and former synagogues, one Catholic Church, and five protestant churches on the National Register, and provided over $550,000 in Conservancy matching and challenge grants to sites identified in our surveys and newly listed on the National Register. One site, St. Anselm’s Roman Catholic Church in the Melrose section of the South Bronx, was identified in our 2005 survey, listed on the National Register in 2014, assisted with referrals and an initial Conservancy grant in 2015, and pledged a New York State restoration grant of $500,000 in 2016.

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