We have a 1:1 matching gift from a generous donor who will match the $30,000 raised on Crowdrise and give it toward another part of the restoration. If you can make a contribution now, your gift will be doubled!
St. Peter's Chelsea is the historic 1836 church established by Clement Clarke Moore on his estate where he wrote the world-famous poem, "A Visit From St. Nicholas." We're proud of our beautiful church, and we'd like to show it to you in person the next time you're in Chelsea. Actually, if you've visited the Highline, you may have seen our bell tower on West 20th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues: it's the one with a bell (it rings in E) and a four-sided clock, which is a Chelsea beacon and landmark.
Our appeal for $30,000 comes in the context of a $15 million campaign to make the exterior envelopes of our 1836 church and 1831 rectory weather-tight and sound. We know $15 million is a lot to raise, but we are confident we will succeed by breaking it down into manageable projects.
One manageable project is the leaking roof of our bell tower at the North end of the church, which was once the tallest structure in New York City. Because the bell tower was the first church that the Titanic survivors on the Carpathia saw it after they were docked, they made the decision to hold the first memorial service at St. Peter's for those who drowned.
The roof on the Bell Tower leaks and the main truss underneath it is rotting. We have contractors' bids of $10,000 to seal the roof and $20,000 to replace the truss.
Your generosity in making a donation and/or organizing a fundraiser to seal the roof is an opportunity to restore part of Chelsea and NYC history, and to help ensure that Clement Clarke Moore's bell tower will keep serving as a neighborhood landmark and a sign of hope to our City.
Thank you for your help and for your generosity, and we invite you to stop in and see the progress we are making.
Photograph of 'The Night Before Christmas: The Classic Edition', written by Clement C. Moore, Illustrated by Charles Santore. Kennebunkport: Applesauce Press, 2011, used with the generous permission of Cider Mill Press.