Chelsea Square is undergoing the most comprehensive renewal it has seen in 100 years. Four buildings have been re-pointed and re-roofed with historically appropriate slate shingles: Lorillard, Edson, White, and Sherred. Six buildings have been fully renovated: Chelsea 2,3,4, Kohne, Dodge, and Eigenbrodt, while Chelsea 8,9, and Hoffman Hall (including the stately Refectory), have been outfitted to serve as the Desmond Tutu Center.
One of the key results of these efforts has been a dramatic reduction in the percentage of the operating budget designated for facilities maintenance, from over 40% in 1999 to 24% today.
Important work remains to be done. The master plan created by the architects Beyer Blinder Belle calls for a full renovation of West building, Pintard, and Dehon. Finally, and most importantly, the Chapel of the Good Shepherd must be re-pointed and re-roofed. All of these projects can only be undertaken with significant philanthropic support from all who care about theological education on Chelsea Square.
The Seminary seeks support for the Chelsea Square Conservancy, a special fund dedicated to enhancing our historic gardens and grounds. Even if you have already made a gift to the annual fund this year, we invite you to consider providing additional gift support to strengthen and nourish the Seminary's horticulture. We are blessed to have an exceptional group of volunteers known as the Chelsea Square Executive Committee, whose gifts of time and talent continue to make the Seminary a beautiful place for all who live, work, study and visit here. If you are interested in becoming involved at this level please contact Donna Ashley at 212-243-5150 ext. 388.
Gifts to the Conservancy contribute directly to the annual bulb planting, the long-term care for our sixty trees, and the maintenance of our gracious lawns.
The Seminary's buildings and horticulture are often cited as one of New York City’s hidden treasures. We invite you to stop by next time you are in the neighborhood.
In all seasons, the Close is uniquely beautiful.
For further information, please contactDonna Ashley
VP of Institutional Advancement
212-243-5150, ext. 388
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