Peek Into the Architectural Wonders of Brooklyn’s Houses of Worship During Sacred Sites Weekend

The interior of Grace Church, Brooklyn Heights. Photo via Grace Church


    If you’ve wondered about the history of some of New York’s most intriguing houses of worship and wanted to slip inside for a closer look, you can satisfy your architectural appetite this month.

    The New York Landmark Conservancy’s eighth annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend will take place on May 5 and 6, with more than 140 sacred sites open across the state for tours and special programs.

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    Brown Memorial Church, Clinton Hill. Photo by Susan De Vries

    In Brooklyn, 10 houses of worship will be open for touring and there’s a heavy concentration in Brooklyn Heights, with five of the neighborhood’s sacred sites participating. The others are in Downtown Brooklyn, Bay Ridge, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene and Gowanus.

    This year’s theme for the weekend is “Sacred Sounds and Settings,” which lends itself to special performances and tours with a focus on architecture and sound. In Brooklyn, you can get an organ demonstration at Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Heights, attend an organ concert at the Union Church of Bay Ridge and listen to a choir concert at Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church in Fort Greene.

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    Plymouth Church,Brooklyn Heights. Photo by Susan De Vries

    If you want to learn a bit more about the intricacies of building restoration, Grace Church in Brooklyn Heights will be hosting a talk on Sunday, May 6 at 1:30 p.m. with Kim Lovejoy of Evergreene Architectural Arts focusing on a 2014 project to restore the sanctuary.

    The open house weekend takes place on May 5 and 6 and the hours vary with each location. You can check out the full list of Brooklyn sites, including detailed info on hours and special programs, here.

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