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Planting a Seed
May 20 @ 2:00 pm
Join the team from The Center at West Park on May 20th at the corner of 86th St and Amsterdam Ave from 2PM to 4PM as we Plant a Seed for the restoration of this historic landmark! We will be replanting our tree beds on 86th Street by Amsterdam Avenue after collecting supplies from Love Your Street Tree Day (noon – 2pm, 145 W 84th Street). You can help by volunteering to help plant or you can make a tax deductible donation to Fractured Atlas to support our work: www.centeratwestpark.org/donate.
About the Center
The Center at West Park is a landmark home for arts, culture, and community in the heart of Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The Center is a secular not-for-profit organization bringing innovative theater, dance, and music programming to the neighborhood, providing a creative home for local and international artists, and stewarding the preservation of the magnificent West Park Presbyterian Church.
History & Restoration
The West Park Presbyterian Church was built in 1889 and designated a New York City landmark on January 12, 2010. Designed by famed architects Leopold Eidlitz and Henry Kilburn, the building’s red sandstone facade, Tiffany windows, and soaring bell tower make it a unique example of the Romanesque Revival style and a historic focal point at the heart of the Upper West Side.
West Park has been a bastion for artists and activists throughout its history. The church supported early Chinese immigrants, civil rights leaders in the ‘50s and ‘60s, gay rights and the More Light movement in the ‘70s, God’s Love We Deliver and anti-nuclear proliferation marches in the ‘80s, and Occupy Wall Street in 2011-2012, while also making a home for the burgeoning New York Shakespeare Festival, the Riverside Shakespeare Company, Bread and Puppet Theater, and many more.
Like many churches, West Park fell on hard times. After the landmarking, a coalition of congregation members, neighbors, and arts professionals came together to form The Center at West Park to bring life back to the building and preserve its historic facade. Now, the Center is working with award-winning preservation architects to plan the restoration of this landmark building, and we need your help.
Phase 1: Community House Roof, 2018-2019
Phase 2: Restoration Showcase — Tiffany Windows
Phase 3: Amsterdam Ave Facade
Phase 4: Bell Tower
Phase 5: Sanctuary Roof & 86th Street Facade