Why is this building significant?
Designed by the son of this congregation’s founder, Shearjashub Bourne, a prominent Congregationalist minister, the church was the first house of worship built in the suburban enclave of Bedford Park, which was modeled after the well-known London community of the same name. The asymmetrically massed church, built of wood and rough-dressed stone, combines elements of the Romanesque, Queen Anne, and Shingle styles in a lively composition dominated by a tower.
What did the New York Landmarks Conservancy do?
We gave a $5,000 grant to hire a roofing consultant and an additional $50,000 to remove the unsightly gray asbestos shingles encasing the original façades and install a new roof and cedar-shingle siding, which was stained to match the original, dark-red-and-green color scheme.