Sacred Places Winter 2019 - Page 4

awarded a grant of $250,000 from the National Fund, St. Josaphat raised funds to make significant repairs to the exterior of their building, including masonry repointing, waterproofing and stained glass window restoration. • Christ Church Lutheran is housed in a renowned Mid Century Modern building, the product of a rare father/son collaboration between Eliel and Eero Saarinen, in Minneapolis. The main building designed by the elder Saarinen was completed in 1949. Eliel’s son, Eero, designed the education wing in 1962. The connection between the two buildings was not fully accessible and the building was experiencing water infiltration. Their recently completed project, made possible with help from a $130,000 National Fund award, waterproofed the courtyard and created ADA compliant access. Beth Ahabah exterior Photo: Allison King Applicants to the National Fund must compellingly convey their historical significance, describe how they plan to preserve their house of worship, and demonstrate that their preservation project will have community value. The program is competitive—only 5% of those who applied in 2019 were invited to participate in the National Fund. Acceptance into the program is just the beginning. Capital grants are only awarded after congregations have construction-ready documents and proof that they have raised the required matching funds. To help congregations achieve their project purpose and reach their financial goals, the National Fund offers an intensive training program which provides resources to assist them in raising funds, navigating the construction process, and engaging with the larger community. Almost half of the fifty-four participants have had their capital grants disbursed; others are still working on fundraising and project preparation. Twelve congregations, including Congregation Beth Ahabah, have finished their projects. Here are a few of the highlights: • Basilica of St. Josaphat was founded in Milwaukee in 1888. Its third and current building was built by Polish immigrants between 1896 and 1901. In 1929, St. Josaphat was named the third basilica in the United States. After being Repair work underway at the Basilica of Saint Josaphat, Milwaukee Photo: Basilica of Saint Josaphat 4 SACRED PLACES • WINTER 2019