Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Help for Our Landmark Church

The New York Landmarks Conservancy recently announced seventeen Sacred Sites Grants, and among them is a $25,000 Sacred Sites Challenge Grant for the First Presbyterian Church at Warren and Fourth streets, to help fund repairs and partial replacement of the existing roof structure and roof.

Peg Breen, president of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, said of the recent award, "We are pleased to continue to support the ongoing restoration of First Presbyterian--an important example of Hudson's history and architectural merit. The supportive Friends Group demonstrates how much First Presbyterian means to the entire Hudson community." In May 2014, the Conservancy awarded $50,000 to the church for the restoration of the church's principal stained glass window. 

The Conservancy is a private non-profit organization whose mission has been to preserve, restore, and reuse New York City's and New York State's architectural legacy for future generations. Since its founding, the Conservancy has loaned and granted more than $50 million, which has leveraged more than $1 billion in restoration projects.

"This is a wonderful award," said Phil Forman, president of the Friends of the First Presbyterian Church. "It is validation of the importance of this building in the architectural and historic landscape of Hudson. And it will act as a stepping stone to generating more interest in the restoration of this wonderful building. We are extremely grateful to the Landmarks Conservancy for their support."

To make your own contribution to this major restoration project, which is expected to take more than eighteen months, go to www.savethebuilding.org


  1. How long should we be expected to save old, dying, crumbling out-of-scale structures? Why save a church that likely once thrived with many parishoners? Is it really that essential to the aesthetic of Hudson? (There are a few other monsterous churches around town that aren't begging for money) Like the Community Tennis building and, maybe Furgary), this church is maybe too large anymore and essentially not very useful for little Hudson (esp. considering the upkeep required for maintenance). If the church can't pay for keeping its own building, will the Save Our Church signs out front and their pleas continue forever? Enough already, we need to replace sentiment with reality and objectivity.

  2. Congratulations to the Friends of First Presbyterian! I know how hard you have been working on this important project. Bravo!

  3. Hudson has a handful of very fine churches. Why everyone is gaga over First Presbyterian is beyond me. I wish them the best in their endeavors, just as I wish other places of any significance well.

  4. Missing our town clock located in the church steeple.