St. Anselm’s Church in Bronx seeks funding for $4.5M reno

December 09, 2013 01:23PM

The state has approved a request to include St. Anselm’s Church in the South Bronx on its register of historic places, allowing the organization to access preservation grants to fund a $4.5 million restoration project.

The 19th-century Roman Catholic church recruited conservator R. Dario Cano A. to start the renovation, and he said that 90 percent of the building at 685 Tinton Avenue, between the Melrose and Longwood neighborhoods, could be restored. Archdiocesan officials also agreed to enlist architects and engineers to conduct surveys on the site. 

In the next few months, the church is likely to receive more grants if it is added to the national register of historic places, the New York Times reported.

Since the church was founded in 1892, the property has been plagued with cracks and leaks that have damaged the ancient artwork.

“These quick fixes from before were cruel,” Cano said. “They were done in good faith, but in the end they did more harm than good. Sometimes they fixed a mural using leftover paint from their child’s bedroom.”

On a much larger scale, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown East has been undergoing a $170 million restoration, as previously reported. [NYT]Mark Maurer