10.30.2010

A Historic Day!

Today I joined St. Ann's Historical Society!

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This organization is devoted to preserving the history of
St. Ann's Episcopal Church
in Sayville, New York.
I'm thrilled to be a part of this great work. There is much rich history that needs to be documented for posterity.

One exciting aspects of this organization is it's recent triumph.
The Historical Society was able to achieve listing of this church on the
National Register of Historic Places!

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This magnificent church was designed by architect Isaac H. Green and was completed in 1888. It is Gothic-Norman style architecture. Isaac H. Green was an important architect of the south shore of Long Island, NY. He was born in 1859 and was raised in Sayville, New York. I hope to feature some of his beautiful houses, churches and businesses in our area in the near future.


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I photographed the exterior of St. Ann's during my visit for your viewing. When I photograph the interior I will eagerly share them with you.

There are magnificent Tiffany windows behind the altar which must be seen! It is my understanding that these have been authenticated as true Tiffany windows.

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Among the numerous interesting aspects of this church, there exists a plaque on the interior to memorialize a congregant who was lost at sea on the Titanic. The church sits on land which was donated by the Roosevelt family. The Roosevelt home Meadowcroft is located next to the church and is open for tours.

Meadowcroft, Sayville, NY

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In 1891 Isaac H. Green was hired as architect to design their Colonial Revival style mansion. Isaac's childhood home in West Sayville is extant while his own home is not. His childhood home is of significance as it was visited by President George Washington during his tour of Long Island, well before Isaac's birth.

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To celebrate the acceptance onto the National Register, St. Ann's congregation is planning a wonderful event in 2011 which among other activities, will include docent led tours of the church. I'll share the date once scheduled and I hope to see you there!

In addition to the church itself there is the rectory, cemetery, labyrinth and 2 large buildings that were once used as boy's and girl's orphanages. Currently, the buildings are used for religious education, a thrift store and for church and community meetings.

Original Rectory
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One of the Orphanage Buildings
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That concludes my day as the newest member of Saint Ann's Historical Society.


4 comments:

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Annemarie!

It is so nice to meet you! I enjoyed reading through a few posts on your blog. We have many of the same intersts! I became a follower and hope to visit often.

St. Ann's Church looks magnificent! I'd love to visit one day

tales from an oc cottage said...

Oh how interesting! Lucky you!!!

m ^..^

Krystal said...

This is so interesting! I love seeing what people around the world are up to!!

You entered the vintage handbag giveaway , yes?

Kesenya said...

Honey - your blogg is a dream!! I am now a follower !! I love this church....stunning ! Viva Vintage ! kisses from Alice Jean's

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