“The church retains an exceptionally high level of integrity of setting, design, materials, craftsmanship feeling and association on both the exterior and interior”

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Resource Evaluation

 

Read about this building in CITY LAND, UNTAPPED CITIES and GOTHAMIST.

West Park Presbyterian Social Superlatives

West-Park Presbyterian Church has long been a beacon of liberal activisim for the neighborhood and New York City at large.  West-Park was the:

– First church in New York City to support Gay Marriage

– The original home of the West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing (WSFSSH)

– First home to Joseph Papp’s Shakespeare Festival

– The original home of God’s Love We Deliver and the West Side Food Pantry

 

Fall in love with West-Park with these photos taken just prior to designation: 

FREE ZOOM EVENT:

A Hard Look at “Hardship”: West Park Presbyterian Church and a Rarely Used Landmarks Exception

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 starting at 6pm (this event WILL be recorded) 

Co-Hosts

We will address:
– The concept of hardship, recent cases citywide, and specifically on the UWS, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s history with hardship applications.
– The premise of West Park Presbyterian’s application, the accomplishments of its congregation, the significance of its building, condition of the building.
– Adaptive reuse of religious properties and, specifically West Park itself.

Speakers

Mosette Broderick, Director, Urban Design and Architecture Studies, NYU

Page Cowley, Principal, Page Ayres Cowley Architecture 

Bob Jaeger, President, Partners for Sacred Places

Sean Khorsandi, Executive Director, LANDMARK WEST! 

Frampton Tolbert, Executive Director, Historic Districts Council

Brad Vogel, Executive Director, New York Preservation Archive Project

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