Help Grace Church Maintain its Historic Place of Worship and Ministry!
The beautiful 1876 church and the 1916 Parish House have been an anchor of the university neighborhood for nearly 150 years. The buildings and grounds provide sacred inspiration, contain the memories of generations, and provide the space for friendship and service to the community. There are several ways you can help ensure this historic place continues as a vital outward symbol of the glory of God.
Checks for the Capital Fund can mailed to the church at 819 Madison Street, Syracuse, NY 13210, or use the Paypal button at the top of the page to make an online donation (note Capital Fund in the memo).
Grace Church is blessed with a historic pipe organ installed in 1877 and made by Steere & Turner of Westfield, Massachusetts, one of the premier U. S. organ builders of the late 19th century. The organ
has 21 chambers and 559 pipes that produce a wonderful, warm tone. The organ in sound is original, but its mechanism was altered in 1954 when the original tracker system was replaced with an electro-pneumatic pull-down system. By the 1990s, the organ fell out of use and an electronic organ was used instead. In 2007, pipe organ technician and former Grace parishioner Cullie Mowers returned the pipe organ to working condition, and it has remained in service since that time.
Over the years, minor repairs have been made to the organ based on the limited operating budget of the church, most recently including several critical repairs and purchase of an adjustable bench in 2022. Based on a 2022 assessment by Kerner & Merchant, Pipe Organ Builders of East Syracuse, the Grace organ needs the following priority repairs:
- Great note pallets – $15,000
- C# side note pallet access panel – $250
- Swell note primaries – $18,500
- Great note primaries – $18,500
- Two damaged Dulciana pipes – $350
- Static reservoir – $5,000
Grace Church has established the Organ Fund to maintain and restore the instrument. Please consider making a gift to allow Grace to undertake the priority repairs outlined above. Completion of these repairs will not only enhance worship services, but also help Grace attract organ performances as part of the church’s efforts to make the sanctuary a premier venue for musical performances. Checks for the Organ Fund can mailed to the church at 819 Madison Street, Syracuse, NY 13210, or use the Paypal button at the top of the page to make an online donation (note Organ Fund in the memo).