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Federal grant helps restore stained-glass windows

Church gets $147K for project

WARREN — The First Presbyterian Church on Mahoning Avenue has received a $147,000 National Historic Preservation Act grant for the restoration of its 12 historic stained-glass windows.

The church’s window project is being supported in part by the Save America’s Treasures grant from the Historic Preservation Fund administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

Church member Mary Ann Bromley, who spearheaded the project and submitted the grant application, said, “This project will be seen by the community. People drive by and walk by the church in the downtown area and will see when the plywood is put up and the stained-glass windows are being worked on. The windows are known in the community.”

Work on the windows will be done at Whitney Stained Glass Studios in Cleveland.

The grant of $147,000 will require a match from the church of $147,000.

“This is a huge deal of national significance to have the historical standing to receive a preservation grant. There are not many places that receive such a grant.”

Bromley said similar grants have been received for work on the Empire State Building.

Bromley said the colorful stained-glass images of different religious scenes have aged and need restored.

“This grant restores the church’s stained-glass windows, considered by the Department of the Interior to be of national significance to the historic preservation of Ohio’s Rust Belt region. The significance of our project is awe-striking,” she said,

Lynn Griffith, a church member and a communications committee member, said previous attempts to get a grant were denied.

He said the church congregation started in 1803 and the building was constructed in the 1870s. The present sanctuary was erected and dedicated in 1876.

“The work done on the windows will help preserve them for many years,” Griffith said.

He said the stained-glass windows are very noticeable when people travel along Mahoning Avenue or are in downtown Warren.

Bromley said she was thrilled when she received word the church had been approved for a full grant.

“I remember receiving a joyous phone call that we had received the entire grant,” she said, noting the church’s endowment fund will cover the church’s share of the more than $300,000 project.

Bromley said work will begin early this year with a couple windows to be worked on in multiple phases.

“I and the church congregation are thankful to those who have come before us to make this possible,” she said.

Bromley said the project falls in line with many national historic preservation projects.

On the award notification document from Marla Collum, grants management specialist with the National Park Service, it is explained the objective is to provide preservation and / or conservation assistance to nationally significant historic properties and collections.

Grants are awarded through a competitive process and require a dollar-for-dollar, nonfederal match, which can be cash or documented in-kind.

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