Dear Friend,

Welcome to the Landmarks Conservancy’s eighth annual Sacred Sites Open House, May 5th and 6th, 2018, and our online Open House Weekend Guide. This searchable database of participating sites features maps and images, and can be sorted by location and date. Click on the Open House Sites https://sacredsitesopenhouse.org/project/open-house-sites/ or Map https://sacredsitesopenhouse.org/maps/ tabs at the top of this page to begin planning your weekend adventure.

This year’s theme, Sacred Sounds and Settings, provides a backdrop for showcasing musical and performance activities via organ demonstrations, concerts, and special guided tours of religious institutions.  Congregations will also highlight their cultural and social programs offered throughout the year.

We are delighted that in addition to the over 140 churches, synagogues and meeting houses open state-wide, special tours and concerts are being offered by several sites in New York City. These include: Christ Church Riverdale; a Discover Brooklyn! Tour including exterior visits to nine sites in the “Borough of Churches”; Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan; and a musical walking tour of Staten Island’s Westerleigh (formerly National Prohibition Park) co-sponsored by Immanuel Union Church and the Westerleigh Improvement Society.

In addition, on April 22nd at 5:00 pm there is a kick off celebration concert featuring famed organist, Loreto Aramendi, presented by the Brooklyn Chapter of the American Guild of Organists at Plymouth Church, Brooklyn.  We hope you will join us. 

The Conservancy’s Sacred Sites program is the only statewide initiative in the country providing grants and hands-on technical assistance for the repair and restoration of historic religious buildings.  These buildings offer music, art, architecture, history and social programs.  We hope you take advantage of the Open House weekend to enjoy some of the most beautiful and interesting buildings in your community.

Sincerely,

President
The New York Landmarks Conservancy

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A Special Thank You to the 2018 Sacred Sites Open House Weekend Sponsors!