1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
Preservation New Jersey • 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing • PO Box 7815• West Trenton, NJ 08628


1867 Sanctuary Steeple in Spring

Preservation New Jersey (PNJ) , the state’s only member-supported, state-wide, 501(c)(3) non-profit historic preservation advocacy, education and assistance organization, has taken responsibility for the restoration, rehabilitation and re-use of the landmark structure that was closed in March 2007.

The majestic stone building has stood for nearly 150 years as a central landmark in Ewing Township, a sanctuary for congregants and citizens, and a gathering place for sacred and secular activities.

The 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing, as it is now known, is still beautiful and in good condition. Preservation New Jersey is working to open this landmark building as a mid-sized arts and worship venue for the community.

When it opens, the beautiful, 200-seat, ADA-accessible gathering place with its excellent acoustics will serve the central New Jersey and Bucks County region as an impressive venue for concerts and entertainment – and, of course, dedications, weddings, funerals, and other ecumenical and interfaith activities. Located at 101 Scotch Road in Ewing Township, Mercer County, New Jersey, it is easily reached from routes I-95, NJ 29, 31, and US 1 and 206.

Preservation New Jersey and its 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing Committee is committed to pursuing this mission, and raising the funds necessary to re-open the building, so that it may once again host weddings, dedications and funerals,  small theatrical productions, exhibits, and all types of musical performances and events identified by public input through our Adaptive Reuse study.

While it’s very clear that we must have some “major” sources of funding, we continue to need matching funds for the capital projects that will be needed over the long term to fully accommodate the intended uses for the building, as well as sufficient funds to cover yearly operating costs of roughly $25,000/year ($18,000 for insurance alone while the building is "vacant", and the rest for utilities, operating and fund raising expenses; no 1867 Committee member receives any compensation for our efforts). PNJ does NOT have this money! Without the continuing support of the community, we could not continue this effort, or demonstrate to possible funders the continuing interest by and support of the community to bringing this work to completion.

We greatly appreciate your support of our work!

August 15, 2015

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