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  • St. Johnsville UMC nominated to state, national Historic Registers

  • The state Board for Historic Preservation has recommended the addition of the First Methodist Church of St. Johnsville, known today as the St. Johnsville United Methodist Church, to the state and national Registers of Historic Places. The brick church, built in 1879 at 5 E. Main St., is notable for its refined de...
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  • The state Board for Historic Preservation has recommended the addition of the First Methodist Church of St. Johnsville, known today as the St. Johnsville United Methodist Church, to the state and national Registers of Historic Places.
    The brick church, built in 1879 at 5 E. Main St., is notable for its refined design, according to a news release.
    The church’s construction was financed entirely by subscription, evoking the era of prosperity enjoyed by St. Johnsville and its Methodist Episcopal congregation during the latter half of the 19th century, the release stated.
    The St. Johnsville church was one of 25 properties, resources and districts recently recommended for addition to the state and national Registers of Historic Places. There are 90,000 historic buildings, structures and sites throughout the state listed on the register currently, individually or as components of historic districts. Property owners, municipalities and organizations from communities throughout the state sponsored the nominations.
    The state and national Registers are the official lists of buildings, structures, districts, landscapes, objects and sites significant in the history, architecture, archeology and culture of New York state and the nation.
    Once the recommendations are approved by the state historic preservation officer, the properties are listed on the state Register of Historic Places and then nominated to the national Register of Historic Places, where they are reviewed and, once approved, entered on the national Register.
    Listing properties on the state and national Registers can assist their owners in revitalizing the structures, making them eligible for various public preservation programs and services, such as matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.
    “Our historic resources help establish New York’s distinctive quality, character and sense of place,” said Rose Harvey, commissioner of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, in the release. “Listing these unique landmarks on the state and national Registers of Historic Places is a first step toward preserving, safeguarding and renewing these irreplaceable assets.”
    The land upon which the St. Johnsville United Methodist Church sits once belonged to the founder of the village of St. Johnsville, Johann Jacob Zimmerman. The Gothic Revival gable-fronted church sits on a foundation of locally quarried granite, the release stated. The Carpenter Gothic tower is in the southeast corner and contains the sanctuary entrance in its base, along with an open belfry above. There are pointed arch window openings placed high on the facade, with additional arched windows spaced between brick buttresses, on both side elevations, the release stated. The tower and sanctuary have dark gray, slate shingles on the roofs.
    The church is the largest property in the village.
    Due to its size and location, the church has been the hub of activity for classes, picnics and programs for the community, the release stated.
    Page 2 of 2 - The St. Johnsville United Methodist Church earlier this year received a $1,500 Sacred Sites grant from the New York Landmarks Conservancy to restore brick buttresses on the east side of the church.
    The church was one of 23 historic religious properties throughout New York to receive a Sacred Sites grant.
    Last year, a historic marker donated by the Heritage and Genealogical Society of Montgomery County was unveiled on the lawn of the church. The marker honors and celebrates the Palatine German immigration to America, and pays tribute to village’s founder.
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