Read about our major restoration project below ... your money will go twice as far!

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We are fundraising for a big restoration undertaking. There are two matching historic restoration grants we will be applying for, so your donations will go twice as far! Even if you can't donate today, your pledge and future donation are critical to the restoration of this historic landmark and our mission to serve the community. Please help!

Become an Ambassador. More information below.

UPDATE: We are no longer pursuing the Save America’s Treasures grant due to an oversight to qualify: not only does the church have to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but it has to be listed at the “national” significance level. Our church is listed at the “local” level. A tiny detail... This changes our fundraising strategy and restoration timeline. We will still be fundraising for matching grants, but of lesser value - $30,000 - and due to the grants’ stipulations, this will only allow for interior restoration. We are not disheartened though; this merely changes our plans and puts us at a slower pace. The work will still get done!

Restoration Project Narrative

Our Work

Brooklyn Preserve is dedicated to sustainable community by using its resources to provide a space and a time for all good people, ideas, and activities. Through restoration of the historic church it occupies, Brooklyn Preserve has been and shall be a community center that honors its past, faces the challenges at present, and plants seeds for the future. Working with artists and nonprofit organizations, we’ve imparted the gifts of education, art, music, and theater at little to no cost for hundreds of patrons.

Restoration work is necessary to make our mission possible. With a limited budget, we have been able to achieve as much as we can thanks to the time and dedication of the owners, founders, experts, and friends on hand. Evidence is in the Gallery - the 100 person capacity venue upstairs - which little by little has received restoration care. This month will see the final installation of its restored stained glass windows, a project that's encompassed a full year! The Gallery is in frequent use by many artists looking to prioritize accessibility. In the most expensive U.S. city to own property, our rates made it possible for even the Shakespeare theater company whose entire budget resided in an oatmeal container to afford their production of “As You Like It”. We take pride in enabling artists to keep their integrity.

Our Goal

Our goal is to open up more of this beautiful church to the public, for art-related events and for community gathering. The Sanctuary, with its beautiful mahogany handmade pews, seats 500 people, and is handicap accessible, is currently unavailable due to safety concerns. Long-term water damage has compromised the structural integrity of the 50ft-high, lathe-and-plaster, octagonal domed ceiling. The bathrooms have also sustained much water damage, have 100 year-old pipes, and are not ADA compliant. The bell tower still needs work. At this time we are estimating an amount of $180,000 to revitalize The Sanctuary and its adjoining spaces. A lot, I know. But it’s an investment that will serve for generations to come.

Your Part

As we begin our grant application, your donation and/or pledge will help determine our success. This community center is for you and for all. It will not exist without you - not in physical form, nor without your participation, your ideas, and your spirit. Please help us dedicate this building to you by dedicating your support first. We want to meet you and be in conversation. Beginning November, every first Sunday of the month we will hold an Open House to take you on a personal tour. We want to hear your story, your ideas, and show you the work we are doing. Thank you for your support!

Restoration Project Estimates

(Estimates updated as quotes come in)

  • Sanctuary - $88,000
    • Scaffolding - $50,000
    • Drywall - $20,000
    • Paint - $10,000
    • Pews - $8,000
  • Bell Tower - $8,000
  • Bathrooms - $55,000
  • Entryway - $25,000

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Give to Receive Ambassadors

Become an ambassador by raising money on our behalf! The more donations you earn, the more grateful we are, and the more recognition you'll receive. Be sure you or your donor fills out the form below after they have donated. This is our only way of keeping track of ambassadors.

We will be fundraising for the entire 2-year duration of the project. We need all the help we can get! If you ask just a little from everyone, it will add up to much.

Check the spreadsheet to see how much each ambassador has earned. Rewards will be a lovely surprise :)

Ambassador Tiers

"Which tier is right for you?"

Leaf Tier: It takes all the leaves together to make a tree radiate.

Branch Tier: The branches provide support and help its leaves reach sunlight.

Trunk Tier: The trunk embodies all energy exchange to make a healthy tree.

Roots Tier: The roots seek out nutrients from its source and ensure a grounded existence.

Ambassador Data Results

Give to Receive Ambassadors (Responses)

Historic Tours

30 min. duration @ 10:00am and 10:30am

Want to see what we're doing? Come on by the first Sunday of the month for a personal tour. We'll talk about the project, the history, and answer any questions you may have.

Meet at the 12th Ave entrance.