Donate to the Synodal Building Restoration Fund

An anonymous matching challenge has been established for the Synodal Building Restoration Fund. All donations received by December 10, 2018 will be matched up to a total of $5,000. Help us turn $5,000 into $10,000 - please give now and double the effect of your donation!

For the past 60 years, the Synod of the Russian Church Abroad has been a faithful steward of the Baker Mansion at 75 East 93rd Street, at the corner of Park Avenue. The mansion is built of red brick, set in an English-bond pattern, with white Tuscan marble ornamental features, and consists of five stories, with a basement and sub-basement. Unfortunately, time and wear have left their mark on the beautiful and impressive building – one of very few such edifices remaining in New York. Over the past several years, the Synod has been able to complete nearly $200,000 worth of repairs and improvements, including the complete renovation of the courtyard staircase and balcony, repairing crumbling walls, replacing the heating pipes in the sub-basement, installing security cameras, and other much-needed work.

The building remains in need of a thorough and extensive renovation – a capital improvement program with an estimated cost of $5 million.

We turn to our faithful and to our friends – to those who love the Church and who love our Synodal Building – to give generously to make sure that this beautiful building can continue its role as the heart of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia for many years to come.

The capital improvement program encompasses, among other things:

  • Re-pointing the entire brick façade
  • Replacing all windows with thermal-rated windows that have already been approved by the Landmarks Commission
  • Replacing three elevators that will be compliant with new city codes
  • Replacing all the plumbing
  • Upgrading the electrical wiring throughout the building
  • Repairing the crumbling balustrade along the upper floor

 


75 East 93rd Street
New York, NY 10128, U.S.A.