Tabernacle Baptist Church in Utica receives Sacred Sites Grant


UTICA — The New York Landmarks Conservancy has announced eight Sacred Sites Grants totaling $140,000 awarded to historic religious properties throughout New York State, including $30,000 to Tabernacle Baptist Church in Utica to help fund masonry restoration.

Tabernacle Baptist Church was founded in 1819, and the present church was constructed in 1867 to the designs of Boston architect George F. Meacham. The church’s interior contains exposed wood trusses, an 1899 organ, and the original plaster. A brick chapel constructed in 1905 is located to the rear.

The church reaches over 9,000 people a year, including about 6,000 members of the local Karen refugee community. A youth group hosts community events, fundraisers and concerts.

There are music lessons and a Karen Burmese language school on Saturdays. A monthly food pantry and clothing center is open to the neighborhood.

“We’re delighted our grants can help maintain these important institutions during this difficult time,” said Peg Breen, President, The New York Landmarks Conservancy.

“Throughout the pandemic, they have continued feeding and recovery programs, as well as health and cultural offerings to their communities.”  

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 1,559 grants totaling more than $12 million to 828 religious institutions statewide.

The New York Landmarks Conservancy

The New York Landmarks Conservancy, a private non-profit organization, has led the effort to preserve and protect New York City’s architectural legacy for nearly 50 years.

Since its founding, the Conservancy has loaned and granted more than $52 million, which has leveraged more than $1 billion in 1,850 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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