The New York Landmarks Conservancy has announced 23 Sacred Sites Grants totaling $294,500 awarded to historic religious properties throughout New York State including $1,000 to Christ Episcopal Church in Sparkill, New York.
“You don’t have to be religious to understand that religious institutions contain some of our finest art and architecture. Many also provide vital social service programs and cultural activities that make significant contributions to their communities. Christ Episcopal Church was pledged a $1,000 Sacred Sites grant towards architectural fees for planned slate-roof replacement,” said Peg Breen, President of The New York Landmarks Conservancy.
Christ Church is the oldest Episcopal congregation in Rockland County, and was constructed in 1864 to 1865. The church was recently listed on the New York State and National Register of Historic Places as an architecturally significant example of Gothic Revival style ecclesiastical design. The large rose window, located above the entry porch, is likely original to the 1860s building. The church’s interior is intact, and contains details, such as the dark-stained timber roof scissor trusses, oak pews, wainscoting, and stained and decorative glass from the 1860s and later alterations.
The church shares space with a South Indian Christian congregation, and hosts a number of programs throughout the year, and has actively encouraged revitalization planning efforts for the hamlet through its participation in the Sparkill History Project and hosting of the first annual Sparkill History Day. The church serves as a de facto community center for Sparkill, by offering space to the Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance. In addition, it is a participating member of the organization. Among the other programs sponsored and hosted by Christ Church are occasional food drives, concerts, and other cultural events.