West-Park Presbyterian Church*

As temperatures on the West Side begin to drop low, low, low, the heat at landmarked West-Park Presbyterian Church is going up, up, up!!

LW! learned some BIG NEWS this morning, courtesy of our friends at the West End Preservation Society (WEPS): the beleaguered boiler at West-Park has been replaced and the church’s heat is ON!  

From WEPS …

Last night … WEPS met and chatted with Rev. Dr. Jane S. Galloway, who preaches at West-Park Church. “Last Sunday, I couldn’t figure out what was different, and then I  realized: I wasn’t cold!” She praised the new boiler and the efforts of Council Member Gale Brewer, whose dogged determination generated the means and money to get the boiler functioning in the only-recently Landmarked  Building.  Gale’s newsletter makes the  announcement, but just in case you missed it, here’s the good news: “West  Park Presbyterian Church, 165 West 86 Street, has a working “green” boiler and has heat! Much thanks to West Siders, preservation groups, and Community Board 7 as well as the Dept. of Buildings and ConEd for expediting their inspection schedules. Now we can work toward getting the roof repaired and the scaffolding removed.” Thanks  to the New York Landmarks Conservancy for being point-man on the money collection  and in its advocacy for the building. And thank you, Gale, for your tireless efforts in behalf of the well-being, warmth, and preservation of the best of the Upper West Side. 

The interior of West-Park, as seen during the December 2010 volunteer clean up,
organized by Preservation Alumni, West-Park, LW!, Friends of West-Park, and many more.

Together, we — the community — have done it!  To all of our friends and neighbors who responded to LW!’s October 2011 call for donations, THANK YOU!  Every penny counts … and 250,000 pennies (that’s $2,500!) made a real difference in helping the West-Park congregation and leadership to meet its fundraising goal.

West-Park has already been host to an amazing collection of public programs.  With the heat now on, we’re eager to see the events continue!  For more on upcoming events, stay tuned to our blog (follow the “West-Park” label!) and the calendar for The Centre at West-Park. 

READ MORE:West-Park Presbyterian Church’s New Boiler Boosts Temps, Spirits” by DNA Info’s Leslie Albrecht 
* West-Park Presbyterian Church is located on Amsterdam Avenue at West 86th Street.  Architect Leopold Eidlitz designed the original chapel in 1884, followed by architect Henry F. Kilburn’s church addition in 1890.
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