Grace Church Community Open House Sunday, March 24

Grace Church, which was designed by America’s then pre-eminent church architect, Richard Upjohn, and has stood at what is now 254 Hicks Street (corner of Grace Court, between Joralemon and Remsen) since 1848, is about to undergo an extensive renovation that will close its sanctuary (photo; services will be held in the upstairs Guild Hall during the renovation) for a year, starting after the Easter services at the end of March. To mark this occasion, and to give all members of the community an opportunity to view the sanctuary before it is closed, the clergy and vestry of Grace will host an open house and tea on this coming Sunday, March 24, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. There will be guided tours of the interior and a talk about the magnificent stained glass windows, some by Tiffany; organ music by Paul Olson; and an opportunity to see a model of the interior’s planned restoration. Refreshments will be served.

In the words of Grace’s Wardens and Rector:

Throughout its long history, Grace Church has served the wider community in Brooklyn Heights and beyond as well as its parishioners, whether through Grace Church School, the 85 year old pre-school, by making space available for community groups to meet, and through our many outreach activities. We view Grace Church as a community landmark and resource as well as a spiritual home for our many parishioners.

Please be our guests on March 24th to learn more about our plans to restore this beloved community landmark. We look forward to seeing you.

The event is free and all are invited.

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  • brian_in_brooklyn

    Your photo is of the interior of Grace Church in Manhattan (802 Broadway) Here’s one of your old pics by C. Sales of the Brooklyn Heights beauty.

  • ClaudeScales

    Thanks, Brian! Oddly, the photo I used was captioned “Grace Church Brooklyn” but, as you pointed out, was of Grace in Manhattan. As a Grace Brooklyn parishioner, I should have noticed. I’ve now replaced it with my photo, which you were good enough to supply.

  • cat

    Wish we could be there for one last service before the reno. We miss Grace Church Brooklyn.

  • ClaudeScales

    cat, good to hear from you. The folks at Grace miss you and your family as well.

  • sue

    I was very pleased to see this information on Grace Church. Now how about some information on Brooklyn Heights Synagogue… which you have not posted despite 2 submissions

  • ClaudeScales

    I haven’t seen your submissions. Please send them to me at

    We have posted about events at the Synagogue as recently as last month: