Grace Episcopal - Table of Contents

Exterior - Grace Episcopal Church, Lockport
100 Genesee Street, Lockport, NY
Grace Episcopal Church - Official Website

Built:

Church 1853-55
Parish hall 1886-87
Rebuilt after fire 1975

Architect:

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Style:

English Gothic Revival

Distinction:

Outstanding 1976 stained glass windows by the J&R Lamb Studios


 

English Gothic Revival style

Crenelated tower

Crenelation

Baptism stained glass window at left... Altar lancets at right

Tower and nave stained glass windows

Two nave stained glass windows



At left is Tudor Revival style rectory


Pen and ink drawing by B. Melick



Grace Episcopal Church is another noteworthy church in the City of Lockport. The church was initially formed in 1829, however this group dissolved and its earliest records were lost. A second organization met on February 3, 1835, and on February 9, 1835, Rev. Orange Clark, rector for the Church Church, signed the necessary paperwork and the new church was officially formed.

Under the leadership of Rev. George Denison, the first rector, the congregation began construction work on a wood frame building at the corner of Buffalo and Saxton Streets. The church was completed, and its first services were held on February 18, 1838. However like many congregations, the church was soon outgrown.

Construction on a new church began in 1852, with the cornerstone being laid on May 2, 1853. The much larger stone building, located on Genesee Street at Cottage Street was dedicated in August of 1855. A rectory was purchased in 1885 and in 1886-87 a Parish House was built adjacent to the church. After a fire swept through both the church and the Parish House, only the stone wall shell and tower remained standing. Rather than abandon their city location, the congregation decided to rebuild their beloved church, rededicating it on Sunday, May 22, 1977.
- High & Locust Streets Historic District Nomination, Sec. 4, pp. 64-65


Special thanks to Rector Rev. William S. Winston for his cooperation and assistance in 2009

Photos and their arrangement 2009 Chuck LaChiusa
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