St. Peter’s Church in Saratoga Wins Sacred Sites Preservation Grant

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The New York Landmarks Conservancy announced that 18 Sacred Sites Grants totaling $271,250 have been awarded to historic religious properties throughout New York, including $21,000 to St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Saratoga Springs to help fund slate roof replacement and architectural services for the project.

According to Landmarks Conservancy spokesperson Andrea Kotuk, the main nave of the Gothic Revival church was built in 1852, although the parish dates back to 1834.

The congregation reaches approximately 3,250 people outside of its membership with activities such as the Diocesan Academy, St. Peter’s Needy Association and Community Closet, Biketoga, a community garden, the emergency shelter effort Code Blue, AA meetings, youth ministries, concerts, performances and community dinners, according to the Landmarks Conservancy.

“Our grants are important for the maintenance of historic religious institutions,” said Peg Breen, president of Landmarks Conservancy. “But our aid also helps these institutions provide life-saving assistance to their communities. These 15 recent beneficiaries have food and awareness programs reaching more than 32,000 people.

The Sacred Sites Program provides congregations with matching grants for planning and implementing outdoor restoration projects, as well as technical assistance and workshops. Since 1986, the program has pledged 1,588 grants totaling more than $15.2 million to 836 religious institutions statewide, Kotuk notes.

Since its founding, the conservation has loaned and granted more than $54 million in 1,850 restoration projects across New York, revitalizing communities.

He has also provided countless hours of pro bono technical advice to building owners, both non-profit organizations and individuals. Conservation work has protected New York’s distinctive architectural heritage for residents and visitors today and for future generations. For more information visit www.nylandmarks.org