New Yorkers travel the globe to experience beautiful art, architecture, and history. During The New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Weekend (May 21 & 22, 2016), New York’s world-class houses of worship offer this experience at your doorstep.
The Landmarks Conservancy’s sixth annual “Sacred Sites Open House Weekend” is when religious institutions throughout New York open their doors to the public, giving visitors a glimpse inside many of New York’s remarkable churches and synagogues and an opportunity to view the artistic treasures of many faiths, styles, and periods. Over 40 sites in New York City and over 120 statewide will participate in the weekend. Congregations will also showcase the cultural and social service programs they provide the wider community with special tours, concerts, food fairs and other events.
“Many of New York’s magnificent houses of worship have served generations and continue to anchor communities and all too often, they are seen only by their members,” said Peg Breen, President of The New York Landmarks Conservancy. “The Sacred Sites Open House Weekend allows everyone to enjoy the architecture, art, and history of these remarkable structures.”
This year’s Open House weekend celebrates the 30thAnniversary of the Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites program, the only statewide program in the country providing financial and technical assistance for the restoration of culturally significant religious properties. Since 1986, the program has awarded 1,350 grants totaling over $9.3 million to more than 750 congregations regardless of denomination throughout New York State.
For more information and a complete list of sacred sites participating in the Landmarks Conservancy’s Open House Weekend, visit www.nylandmarks.org.