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Old First Church awarded Sacred Sites Grant for stained glass window restoration

May 30, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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PARK SLOPE/CROWN HTS./BOROUGH PARK — OLD FIRST REFORMED CHURCH in Park Slope is one of three houses of worship in Brooklyn that is receiving a Sacred Sites grant from the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s latest cohort of awards. The New York Landmarks Conservancy on Thursday, May 30, awarded 14 Sacred Sites Grants totaling $228,000 to 14 historic religious properties throughout New York State, of which $11,500 goes to Old First Reformed Church in Park Slope to help fund stained glass restoration. Congregation Kol Israel in Crown Heights is receiving $25,000 towards its roof replacement, skylight restoration, and parapet repair. And a $20,000 Sacred Sites Grant is going to Young Israel Beth El of Borough Park to help fund masonry restoration. Originally one of Brooklyn’s first Dutch Reformed Churches dating back to 1654, Old First Church built its present sanctuary and church building in 1891. Recognized nationally as a historic landmark worthy of preservation, and listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Old First Church launched a successful 10-year-capital campaign and is in the midst of a multi-year restoration that included replacement of its electrical system.

The congregation reaches about 9,000 people outside its membership through activities and outreach projects, community meals, and choral and musical programs.

The Old First Reformed Church, founded 1654.
Photo courtesy New York Landmarks Conservancy

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