Northville church gets $2k construction grant

St. Francis of Assisi Church in Northville is shown. The church recently received a grant through the New York Landmarks Conservancy. The money will go toward work to be done on the front steps and sidwalk. (Photo submitted)

NORTHVILLE — St. Francis of Assisi Church in the village was awarded a $2,000 Sacred Sites Grant from the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

According to a press release, St. Francis of Assisi Church was among the 21 Sacred Site Grants being awarded. The grants went to historic religious properties throughout the state with grants totaling $226,000.

The grant money will be used to help fund replacing concrete steps and sidewalks for the church.

St. Francis of Assisi Church was the first Roman Catholic Church to be built in Northville. The Romanesque style building, which was constructed in 1922, was designed by Albany architects Ogden and Gander. The church reaches about 500 people a year through various community activities.

According to the release, the Conservancy’s Sacred Sites program has assisted more than 750 congregations across the state since its founding in 1986 with grants totaling over $12 million. These grants have contributed to more than $740 million in total restoration projects. The program is one of a few in the country aiding landmark religious institutions and the only one assisting an entire state.

“Religious buildings are key to a community’s history and sense of place and many offer vital cultural and social service programs. Preserving them benefits us all,” said Peg Breen, president of the New York Landmarks Conservancy in the press release.

The New York Landmarks Conservancy has led the effort to preserve and protect New York City’s architectural legacy for 45 years. The conservancy has loaned and granted more than $50 million, which has leveraged more than $1 billion in 1,550 restoration projects throughout New York, revitalizing communities, providing economic stimulus and supporting local jobs.

The conservancy also offered countless hours of pro bono technical advice to building owners, both nonprofit organizations and individuals, according to the news release.

Their work has saved more than a thousand buildings across the city and state, protecting New York’s distinctive architectural heritage for residents and visitors alike today, and for future generations, the release states.