Monday, July 13, 2015

Age and Grace: Episcopal church restoration to open doors in Providence

From Rhode Island-

With chunks of stonework falling from its rear facade and water leaking into a stained glass window this spring, Grace Episcopal Church had reached the point where doing nothing to its 1848 neo-Gothic house of worship was no longer an option.

"Having a historic church is a mixed blessing," said the Rev. Jonathan Huyck, rector of Grace Church, about maintaining the building. "After 167 years it needs some attention."

Three years ago, the city's oldest Episcopal Church, the Cathedral of St. John on North Main Street, was closed in the face of mounting repair costs and a shrinking base of parishioners.

So with that outcome in mind, Grace Episcopal has embarked on an aggressive, multimillion-dollar plan to preserve the Westminster Street church and expand it into a bigger part of the surrounding community.

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