Thursday, May 19, 2011

Landmarking Restores Church of The Resurrection: A Case Study!

Church of The Resurrection Episcopal, Richmond Hill/Kew Gardens, circa 1910, courtesy of
The Church of The Resurrection Episcopal in Kew Gardens has a new chapter in its history text! It is a case study showing how State & Federal Landmarking served as a catalyst for historic commemoration and funding for restoration work. It now has a new roof, and there's no reason why the church cannot live on for another 137 years!
 According to the Forest Hills Times, "The church was able to replace the roof thanks to a $10,000 grant from the New York Landmarks Conservancy, which was given to the church because it is both a state and federal historic site. A $250,000 matching grant was also awarded to the church by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation."
The article then explains, "While in the process of replacing the roof, the main stained-glass window, which features four archangels, was found to be in bad shape. The window was carefully removed, restored and reinstalled."
Landmarks are cornerstones of all communities. It requires teamwork and creativity to preserve, and adaptively and creatively reuse them, if a site has to accommodate a new use. 
If you have an interest in exploring such landmarking and funding incentives, please e-mail 
Which other historic religious and non-religious sites are on your wish list for a similar restoration?

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