Sacred Sites Program

Conservancy hosts panel at National Trust Conference in Buffalo

Alternating Currents: National Preservation Conference
Buffalo, NY Oct.19-22, 2011

Friday, October 21
1:15–2:45 p.m.
Sacred Sites Renewed

Historic religious properties are threatened by changing patterns of worship, declining congregations, and escalating maintenance and energy costs. When they close, their communities suffer. The New York Landmarks Conservancy has granted $6.7 million to 660 congregations, enabling them to continue offering social and educational services and arts programs while anchoring their communities.

Discover how congregations across New York have adapted their facilities to new uses, while remaining in situ and revitalizing their neighborhoods. These case studies can be replicated around the country: Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church (Buffalo), which is converting its parish hall into apartments and dividing its sanctuary into worship and community space; the Museum at Eldridge Street (NYC) which shares its facility with an Orthodox congregation; and the Universal Preservation Hall (Saratoga Springs) which has adapted its sanctuary as an events venue while retaining a chapel.

Session Manager:
Andrea Goldwyn, Director of Public Policy, New York Landmarks Conservancy, New York, NY

Speakers:
Ann-Isabel Friedman, Director, Sacred Sites Program, New York Landmarks Conservancy, New York, NY; Amy Stein-Milford, Deputy Director, Museum at Eldridge Street, New York, NY; Dorothy Foster, President, Board of Directors, Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs, NY; Rev. Drew Ludwig, Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, Buffalo; Murray F. Gould, Port City Preservation, Oswego, NY.