First Presbyterian Church of Chester to get repairs thanks to Sacred Sites Grant

Chester. Built in 1854, the wood frame Greek Rival church is getting $6K to fix its roof, steeple, and stairs.

| 08 Jan 2020 | 02:47

First Presbyterian Church of Chester has been awarded a $6,000 grant to help fund roof, steeple, and stair repairs.

It's among 22 Sacred Sites Grants totaling $316,000 awarded to historic religious properties throughout the state by the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

First Presbyterian Church of Chester is a large two-story, wood frame, Greek Revival church built by William Brook and William Jane and constructed in 1854. This late Greek Revival church is the congregation’s third. The church shares space with a Korean Methodist congregation. Through activities such as a Boy Scout Troop, recovery programs, community dinners, classes, concerts, and other arts programming, the church serves 2,100 people annually.

“We are very pleased to be able to assist another diverse group of religious institutions,” said Peg Breen, president of The New York Landmarks Conservancy. “Aside from architectural merit, each one is an important community anchor.”

The Sacred Sites Program provides congregations with matching grants for planning and implementing exterior restoration projects, technical assistance, and workshops. Since 1986, the program has pledged over 1,493 grants totaling more than $11.1 million to almost 805 religious institutions statewide.

About the New York Landmarks Conservancy

The New York Landmarks Conservancy has led the effort to preserve and protect New York City’s architectural legacy for more than 45 years. Since its founding, the Conservancy has loaned and granted more than $52 million, which has leveraged more than $1 billion in 1,550 restoration projects throughout New York, revitalizing communities, providing economic stimulus and supporting local jobs.

The Conservancy has also offered countless hours of pro bono technical advice to building owners, both nonprofit organizations and individuals. The Conservancy’s work has saved more than a thousand buildings across the City and State, protecting New York’s distinctive architectural heritage for residents and visitors alike today, and for future generations.

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