Grace Episcopal Church Tower Restoration

Grace Episcopal Church Tower Restoration



 70-76 Eldredge Street, Newton Corner



Grace Episcopal Church is requesting CPA historic resource funding for costs directly related to the stabilization and preservation of the conical stone spire, tower and belfry. The tower, belfry, and spire (jointly hereafter “tower”) are now deteriorated to the extent that they present a public safety risk and imperil the campus of the ca. 1872 building. Designed by Architect Alexander Rice Esty, the stone campus is considered to be of “outstanding architectural quality” (Newton NRHP Nomination) and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Farlow and  Kenrick Parks National Register Historic District.  



 $1,433,000 CPA Funding Requested to stabilization and restoration

$875,000 Grace Episcopal Church Member Contributions and Endowment

    $250,000 National Fund for Sacred Places (Funding Request Submitted        

    $150,000 Emergency and MPPF Grant Program, Massachusetts Historical Commission (Grant Application to be submitted)

    $158,000 Private foundation Support

      $2,866,000    TOTAL PROJECT COST



Scott Aquilina, AIA

1253 Commonwealth Avenue

Newton, MA 02465 617.943.4079 


Jean Papalia, Senior Warden

66 South Gate Park

West Newton, MA 02465 617.796.1120


Funding Process

June 26, 2020  - Pre-Proposal Submitted for CPC Review at July 14 Meeting including information on the history and architectural design of the building.

August 14, 2020 - Full Proposal Submitted for CPC review at public hearing on September 15, 2020.  Full Proposal document includes cover letter, form and all supporting documentation including memo addressing legal questions and letters of support -see Table of Contents (page 2) for additional details    

September 8, 2020 -Letter from Grace Episcopal responding to the League of Women Voters questions about other uses on the site.

September 9-10, 2020 - Additional Letters of Support for the tower restoration including:

September 14, 2020 - Letter from League of Women Voters


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