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The New York Landmarks Conservancy has announced that 13 Sacred Sites Grants totaling $200,000 have been awarded to historic religious properties throughout New York, including a Robert W. Wilson Sacred Sites Challenge Grant of $25,000 to Mt. Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Harlem to assist with façade restoration.
“Religious institutions are worth saving for their beauty and history alone,” said Peg Breen, president of the New York Landmarks Conservancy. “But maintaining them also allows congregations to provide social service, educational and cultural programs to the wider community. That’s why the Landmarks Conservancy has been proud to help restore hundreds of religious buildings throughout the state for more than 25 years.”
Mt. Zion Lutheran Church was designed by architect Joseph Wolf in 1888 originally for the Hamilton Grange Reform Church. Mt. Zion acquired the building in 1946. The one-and-a-half-story building has a single-height entryway below a trio of lancet windows. The façade has a stepped parapet with stone copings. The church complex also includes the Parish House next door, a four-story limestone building constructed in 1909 to the designs of architect John Boese.
Outside of worship activities, the congregation hosts three benefit concerts as part of South African Harlem Voices. A Seventh-Day Adventist congregation also shares space. In 2012, the Parish House was leased to a K-8 charter school.
Applications for the next round of Sacred Sites Grants must be postmarked by June 1. For more information, please visit www.nylandmarks.org.
The Conservancy will always be grateful to the late Robert W. Wilson for his generous support of our Sacred Sites program. His gifts have helped some 120 religious institutions across the state with major restoration projects.
The New York Landmarks Conservancy has led the effort to preserve and protect New York City’s architectural legacy for 40 years. Since its founding, the Conservancy has loaned and granted more than $40 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 cultural heritage for residents and visitors alike today and for future generations.