preserving

st. augustine's church

What's Going On?

St. Augustine's African Orthodox Church at 137 Allston Street has won a Institutional Preservation Grant from the Cambridge Historical Commission. They have provided multiple matching grants and are currently matching gifts up to $50,000 at 50%.

The money will go toward 3 elements crucial to preserving the building:

1) Improving the windows. Current windows are single-pane and leaky. They will either be replaced or fitted with storm windows.

2)  Restoring the siding. The building still has original shingles from 1886-88 that help bring out its historical character, but many are rotting or missing and additional insulation is needed.

3) Adding ADA accessibility. The side entrance, with trellised woodworking and interior painted wood, was originally the main entrance. Restoring it also provides an opportunity to make the building accessible.

Of the first $50,000 raised by CNA this year, 10% will go to support arts programming at the church through Black History in Action for Cambridgeport.

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Great news!

The National Trust for Historic Places has just awarded us a

$15,000 grant

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How can I help?

Preservation is an expensive project, and completing the work will require the matching funds from the Cambridge Historical Commission. $50,000 in donations will provide the church with $75,000 in additional funding. The CNA is excited for this neighborhood institution and wants to help them get there.

Your tax-deductible donation to the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association will be given in full to the St. Augustine's preservation work, and your impact will be doubled by the matching funds. Every dollar helps! Please donate by check or online:

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Mailing Address:

Cathie Zusy

CNA Treasurer 

202 Hamilton St.

Cambridge, MA 02139

Donate by check, payable to "Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association"

Click "Donate" to use a credit card.

(2.2% fee applies)

Donate using our GoFundMe (or share with others!)

(2.2% fee applies)

https://www.gofundme.com/StAugustines-AOC

Thank you!

From St. Augustine's Church &

the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association