Church get­ting $10K for roof, as­bestos work

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Free­man staff

The money for Im­manuel Evan­gel­i­cal Lutheran is from the New York Land­marks Con­ser­vancy.

The Im­manuel Evan­gel­i­cal Lutheran Church at 22 Liv­ingston St. has re­ceived a $10,000 grant from the New York Land­marks Con­ser­vancy.

The money, ear­marked as a Con­ser­vancy Grant, will help the Down­town church pay for re­mov­ing as­bestos in its ed­u­ca­tion wing and re­plac­ing the wing’s roof.

The out­lay for the Kingston church is part of $260,000 from the con­ser­vancy be­ing di­vided among 19 his­toric re­li­gious prop­er­ties in the state.

The New Life Pen­te­costal Church in New­burgh is get­ting $10,000, as a Scared Sites grant, to help fund a roof re­place­ment.

“Main­tain­ing these re­mark­able build­ings for their con­gre­ga­tions, so­cial ser­vice and cul­tural pro­grams, and his­tory is one of the most im­por­tant things we do,” Peg Breen, pres­i­dent of the New York Land­marks Con­ser­vancy, said in a pre­pared state­ment. “Re­li­gious structures re­ally do an­chor their com­mu­ni­ties.”

The Im­manuel Evan­gel­i­cal Lutheran Church is a Gothic-re­vival style build­ing con­structed in 1880. The painted brick build­ing fea­tures a cen­tral tower, broached spire and Gothic arched stained glass win­dows.

The two-story, painted brick ed­u­ca­tion build­ing to the south of the church was built in 1870 and orig­i­nally was used as the church’s par­son­age.

The church is one of four con­structed in the mid- to late 19th cen­tury in Kingston’s Ron­d­out district to ac­com­mo­date the com­mu­nity’s Ger­man im­mi­grant pop­u­la­tion.

The church and pro­grams of­fered there serve about 750 peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to the Land­marks Con­ser­vancy.

The New York Land­marks Con­ser­vancy was found about 40 years ago and has loaned and granted more than $40 mil­lion and aided some 1,550 restora­tion projects, ac­cord­ing to the group.

FILE PHOTO BY TONY ADAMIS

The Im­manuel Evan­gel­i­cal Lutheran Church is at 22 Liv­ingston St. in Down­town Kingston, N.Y.

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