This coming weekend–Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19–the New York Landmarks Conservancy will hold its third annual Sacred Sites Open House event. Among the houses of worship participating are four Brooklyn Heights churches. The First Unitarian Church, 50 Monroe Place (corner of Pierrepont) will be open Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be hourly talks about the church’s history and tours of its twelve Tiffany stained glass windows and its eight by ten foot Tiffany glass mosaic. At 2:00 the organist will give a lecture and demonstration of the church’s refurbished 1900 Hutchings organ (see photo).
Grace Church, 254 Hicks Street (at Grace Court, between Joralemon and Remsen) will be open both Saturday and Sunday from noon until 4:00 p.m. From 12:30 to 1:30 there will be historical tours of the church (access to the nave is limited because of renovation work, but you will be able to view at least some of the stained glass windows), and from 1:30 to 4:00 there will be informal docent talks.
Plymouth Church, 57 Orange Street (between Henry and Hicks), famous for having had the fiery antislavery minister Henry Ward Beecher and for Abraham Lincoln’s having worshiped there, will be open from noon to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, with tours of the church facilities and an exhibit of archival materials.
St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, Clinton and Montague streets, which has an impressive array of Bolton stained glass windows, will be open on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.