A beloved historical landmark in Lyndon Center is getting—quite literally—a much-needed lift, thanks in part to a donation through VSECU. VSECU’s donation of $4,700 to the Upright Steeple Society will help repair and renovate the York Street Meeting House, once the First Congregational Church of Lyndon.
Built in 1829, the meeting house is the oldest surviving church structure in Lyndon. Over the years, a leaking roof has done considerable damage to the structural support for the Greek Revival building, now in desperate need of repair. Another concern centers on a rotting truss which has caused the building’s steeple to lean backward.
“Our steepled buildings with their impressive belfries and spires rising above the trees are recognized all around the world as being an integral part of the Vermont landscape,” said Judy Rosenstreich, member of VSECU’s Board of directors and chair of the Charitable Giving Committee. “VSECU is so pleased to be a part of the preservation of one such steeple at the York Street Meeting House. Its fine craftsmanship is not only a testament to the artists and builders who originally created the steeple but also a testament to the people of the Northeast Kingdom who are working so hard to preserve this valuable piece of Vermont history.”
The Upright Steeple Society hopes to raise $292,00 to repair the structure in the first phase of restoration. The goal is to not only preserve a piece of Vermont history but also to bring the building back to life as a community meeting house for concerts, art displays and lectures, meetings and other activities.
For more about the York Street Meeting House and its preservation, contact Jim Gallagher, president of the Upright Steeple Society, at (802) 473-4208.
Top photo: Pictured (left to right) are Mary Beausoleil, Development Committee, Upright Steeple Society; Jim Gallagher, society president; Frances Taylor, society trustee; Judy Rosenstreich, chair, VSECU’s Charitable Giving Committee; and Jan Lewandoski, contractor, Restoration & Traditional Building, Greensboro Bend.
Middle photo: The York Street Meeting House steeple rests safely on the ground while the damaged truss which supported it is repaired.
Bottom photo: Judy Rosenstreich, Jim Gallagher and Frances Taylor, still a member of the church which once met in the York Street Meeting House, survey the restoration work inside the building. The pipe organ behind them still works and will remain in the meeting house when fully restored.