On September 16th 2010 the New York metropolitan area experienced a series of rare Microburst tornadoes which resulted in widespread damage throughout Brooklyn and Queens. One of the results was the destruction of the steeple of St. Georges Episcopal Church, an individually designated New York City landmark located on Main Street in Flushing Queens.
The current church was built during the 1850’s by the leading ecclesiastical architectural firm of Wills & Dudley to replace two prior buildings with the earliest church dating back to the mid 1700’s. St. George’s church as well as the Episcopalian community itself can trace its presence back to the colonial period prior to the founding of the United States. It is truly a valuable structure in the history of the community and New York City at large.
The Church is located directly adjacent to one of the busiest transportation hubs in the city, which serves as a nexus point for scores of MTA Buses as well as massive pedestrian traffic. The spire fell directly onto Main Street during the storm and it is miraculous that no one was hurt.
Jonathan Raible Architects, St Georges Episcopal Church, and West New York Restoration of CT has commissioned Architectural Filmmaker Jonathan Fantucchio to create a short documentary telling the story of the event of the tornado, and the triumphant rebuilding of a new steeple on the existing masonry tower to match the historic original but with modern framing and construction. It also tells how the multi-cultural and multilingual congregation came together during a difficult time for the church to help strengthen its place in the ever changing and ever growing community of Flushing Queens.
It is a true New York Story in a vital and vibrant part of New York City.
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