Historic West Philly Church Building, Home to Calvary Center for Culture and Community, Receives National Preservation Grant

The Historic Calvary United Methodist Church located at 48th Street and Baltimore Avenue has received a prestigious grant from the National Fund for Sacred Places.

The church building, which was erected in 1906, now provides space for several community, cultural and religious groups and organizations including Cedar Park Neighbors Community Association, Curio Theater Company, Crossroads Music, Kol Tzedek Synagogue , the West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship, etc.

Calvary Church will receive a matching grant of up to $250,000 to support an ambitious fundraising campaign to be launched in early 2022 by the Calvary Center for Culture and Community (CCCC), a nonprofit organization established by the church 20 years ago to manage the building. Supported by an additional $500,000 matching grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Program (RACP), awarded to the Calvary Center last year, funds raised will support major repairs and renovations to the building.

Together, the Calvary Church building, congregation and center serve more than 5,000 community members each year.

“We are honored and thrilled to be among the churches selected to receive this award,” said Calvary pastor Reverend Tim Emmett-Rardin. “Our congregation has a rich heritage engaging the intersection of spirituality and justice, and our building has long served as a vibrant center of community activity.”

“This grant, along with our recent RACP grant, provides a solid foundation for funding to make the Calvary Building safer and structurally sounder, more versatile for multipurpose use, more energy efficient, more accessible and more comfortable for variety of user groups. we host,” said Rich Kirk, Chairman of CCCC’s Board of Directors.

The National Sacred Places Fund is a highly competitive program that supports congregations whose buildings have historic significance and architectural character and which play a vital role in meeting the broader social, economic and spiritual needs of the communities they serve. . The Fund is managed by Philadelphia-based Partners for Sacred Places in conjunction with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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