Thanks to 124 generous donors, PHLF’s Historic Religious Properties Committee has awarded 11 matching grants for a total of $77,180 and four technical assistance awards to churches throughout Allegheny County.
These grants will enable religious congregations to maintain and preserve their historic buildings; to do roof and gutter work, stained glass window restoration, and brick and stone work. They will leverage close to $300,000 in construction projects in 2012.
As part of the awards, PHLF Construction Manager Tom Keffer, will meet with the congregations’ building committees and tour their buildings. He will advise them on maintenance priorities and working with contractors.
These buildings are not only places of worship but also centers of life in their communities. They house social service agencies such as food pantries, clothes closets, child care facilities, and provide meeting places for youth and adult groups.
The following congregations received 2012 HRP Awards:
All Saints Roman Catholic Church, Etna, $9,000 for stained glass window restoration
Birmingham United Church of Christ, $6,000 for gutter and roof work
Community House Presbyterian Church, Central North Side, $9,000 for roof replacement
First Presbyterian Church of Edgewood, $4,180 for exterior painting
First Methodist Church of McKeesport, $9,000 for masonry work
Jesus’ Dwelling Place, North Braddock, $4,000 for pointing and waterproofing
Pacific Sanctuary, Friendship, $4,000 for window installation
Riverview Presbyterian Church, Observatory Hill, $7,000 for stained glass window restoration
Sacred Heart Parish, Shadyside, $8,000 for stained glass window restoration
St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, South Side, $9,000 for roof and chimney work
Sewickley United Methodist Church, $8,000 for chimney and bell tower pointing
Technical Assistance Awards went to:
Homestead United Presbyterian Church
Iglesia Cristiana Tabernacula de Oracion, Beechview
Zion Christian Church, Carrick
Zion Hill Baptist Church, The Hill District
Watch for these projects to be completed through the Spring and Summer of 2012.