New Utrecht Reformed Church reopens after major restoration
After being closed 15 years for major repairs, the historic New Utrecht Reformed Church reopened its doors on Sunday, Dec. 16 for a pre-Christmas service, its first in a decade and a half.
The landmark building, now 190 years old, has undergone major restoration and repairs, including a new cedar shake roof, a new barrel-vaulted interior ceiling, upgraded electrical service and more. Despite additional work still needed on the organ alcove, the congregation and community are now able to worship in the Georgian-Gothic church at 1827 84th St.
While the current church was built in 1828, the New Utrecht Reformed Church dates back to the 17th century. It was founded by Dutch settlers in 1677 and was originally located on what is now the corner of 16th Avenue and 84th Street.
“The congregation is 341 years old this year,” said Susan Hanyen, vice president of the Consistory at New Utrecht Reformed Church.