The New York Landmarks Preservation Group announced that it will give grants worth $250,000 to 22 historic religious sites across the state, including two in western New York.
Trinity Episcopal Church of Buffalo will receive $12,000 in project management funding for the restoration of its chancel stained glass windows. Youngstown’s St. John’s Episcopal Church will receive $3,000 for roof and gutter repairs and foundation replacement.
“Our grants help preserve the historic religious sites that serve as the foundation of our communities,” conservation group president Peg Breen said in a news release. “Our recent grant recipients have food, culture and outreach programs that go well beyond the congregation.”
Trinity Episcopal Churchwas built between 1869 and 1905 – around this time Buffalo developed into a major burgeoning industrial city – It includes stained glass and interior decoration by American decorative arts master John Lafarge. The congregation hosts nonprofit programs such as the Buffalo Urban League, Gay & Lesbian Youth Services, Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network, and Massachusetts Avenue Project. The visitor center offers tours of the stained glass windows.
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St. John’sCompleted in 1878, It is one of the few Gothic Revival style boarded churches in the area. The congregation was founded at Fort Niagara in 1759. Church members today are deeply involved in missionary work and community events.
The Conservation Society’s Sacred Sites Program provides grants to congregations to plan and carry out restoration projects. Since 1986, we have provided 1,600 grants totaling approximately $15 million to 840 religious institutions statewide.