Press Coverage

Students at Field School

Summer 2009 - Newburgh high-school students learn preservation skills in a Field School sponsored by the World Monuments Fund, Habitat for Humanity, the City of Newburgh, and NPA: More Information

Associated Press/Newsday story

Story on New York Channel 4/NBC News

Story on New York Channel 7/ABC News

Story on World Monuments Fund website

  June 21, 2005 - Dutch Reformed Church named to 100 Most Endangered Sites by the World Monument Fund (see the WMF profile of the DRC). See press coverage in the
Times Herald-Record, the Poughkeepie Journal, and the Mid-Hudson News.
  Restoration Begins at the Dutch Reformed Church Times Herald-Record, Oct. 6, 2004
  Dutch Reformed Church: 'A conspicuous and characteristic landmark'
Jim Hoekema, Times Herald-Record, August 7, 2004

"What a beautiful building! And what a sorry state it's in!" That is what people think about the former Dutch Reformed Church in Newburgh. Like royalty fallen on hard times, the DRC has great bones, a lofty bearing and a wider frame of reference...
  Community to celebrate 201st birthday of designer. Times Herald-Record, July 23, 2004.
  Foundation Stabilization & Drainage Reconstruction at the Dutch Reformed Church, 2003
  Doors open for architecture buffs this weekend. Times Herald-Record, July 25, 2003.
  Restaurant? Dance club? Museum? Possibilities for the Old Dutch Reformed Church explored. Ben Montgomery, Times Herald-Record, 12/28/02
What do you do with a 167-year-old church? That's what the Newburgh Preservation Association is asking...
  Grant Propels Rebirth of Historic Church. Times Herald-Record, Oct 3, 2002
Newburgh – Built in 1835, abandoned in 1967 and recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 2001, the Dutch Reformed Church is getting its life back, step by step and piece by piece....
  A rare glimpse inside Newburgh's Dutch Reformed Church Times Herald-Record, 5/13/02.
Newburgh – The rarely seen inside of the Dutch Reformed Church on Grand Street will be open to the public Sunday afternoon....
TV crew Cable 6 Television

Cable 6 Television News broadcast a feature on the former Dutch Reformed Church restoration effort on Feb. 15, 2002. The piece included interviews with committee members John Lonczak and Karen Heroy.

Public Radio

WAMC - Northeastern Public Radio also ran a feature story on the restoration of the old Dutch church on Feb. 19, 2002.
mag article Savior at Last: A Newburgh Group has Big Plans to Restore a Landmark Church (pdf)
By Maureen Belden, Hudson Valley Magazine, February 2002, pp 21-23.

The Dutch Reformed Church in Newburgh, Orange County,has seen better days: it is boarded up and decrepit. But the people gathered on its steps on an useasably warm Saturday last November were in a buoyant mood...
Dutch Reformed Church Celebrates Landmark Designation
By Ann Kuzmik, Mid-Hudson Times, Nov. 8, 2001

With Saturday's perfect Fall weather as a backdrop, the City of Newburgh celebrated its newest National Historic Landmark, the Dutch Reformed Church. A reception at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum on Broadway followed the ceremonies at the old church on Grand Street...
  Dutch Reformed Church to be Dedicated as National Landmark
By Ann Kuzmik, Mid-Hudson Times, October 25, 2001

What do the Brooklyn Bridge, the White House, the Empire State Building and Newburgh's Dutch Reformed Church have in common? They are all National Historic Landmarks.

Secretary of the Interior Gail Norton declared the Dutch Reformed Church a National Historic Landmark on Aug. 7, along with 13 other sites. Fewer than 2,500 historic places have this national distinction...
  The Dutch Reform Church is now a National Historic Landmark.
Mid-Hudson News, Nov. 5, 2001

Federal, state and local officials celebrated with the community over the weekend. State Parks Commissioner Bernadette Castro said the designation is a start. She said the country has 2,500 national historic landmarks. The Newburgh building becomes one of 250 in New York State - New York has 10 percent of all national historic landmarks...

Hope for Dutch Reformed Church
Times Herald-Record, Oct. 22, 2001, By Michael Randall (

NEWBURGH: Now that the Dutch Reformed Church is a national landmark, there's renewed hope for its restoration. A sign on the front of the Dutch Reformed Church proclaims it to be one of America's treasures. In the past 25 or 30 years, though, it's become an increasingly shabby looking treasure. Its paint is peeling inside and out, its stately Greek columns are crumbling, and rain is leaking in and eroding the structure.

But this past summer, preservation-minded Newburgh residents were heartened when the church was one of 14 sites added to the National Park Service's list of national landmarks...

  Celebration of former Church's Historic Landmark Designation set for Nov. 3  
(The City's official Press Release for the Nov. 3 dedication.)

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (October 15, 2001) - - What serves as a most conspicuous and characteristic landmark, indicative of the classical beauty of Newburgh? The answer, according to the 1835 writings of architect A. J. Davis, would be: the Dutch Reformed Church on Grand Street.

The inspiring Davis-designed former church building was recently designated a "registered National Historic Landmark," therefore its owner, the City of Newburgh, and the all-volunteer Dutch Reformed Church Restoration Committee, are hosting a celebration for the dedication of landmark status....
  Concerned Citizens seek to save Landmark
By Don Heron, Times-Herald Record, June 14, 2001

On Grand Street in the City of Newburgh, to the north of the Newburgh Free Library, stands the Dutch Reformed Church. Now in a state of casual disrepair, it is one of the finest examples of Greek Revival church design in America....
  Visiting History
By Michael Randall, Times-Herald Record, July 14, 1998

NEWBURGH -- Even in its current dilapidated state, the Dutch Reformed Church is an imposing structure with its Greek Revival columns that remind some of the Parthenon in Athens. Today, those columns will serve as the backdrop for First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, who will speak outside the church at 1 p.m. as part of a tour to promote historic preservation. "We are the caretakers of our past. We have a responsibility to future generations to be good ancestors," Mrs. Clinton said yesterday in Washington before launching her 10-day tour of historic sites...
  Design Notebook: What Price Preservation?
By Patricia Leigh Brown, New York Times, Thursday July 23, 1998

THERE were no suntanned, silver-haired corporate angels on hand on July 14, when Hillary Rodham Clinton visited the Dutch Reformed Church here to talk about historic preservation. Her backdrop was the derelict Greek revival temple by Alexander Jackson Davis, completed in 1835 [1837 - ed], once an uplifting symbol of the city's material progress and now an evocative, camera-ready testament to urban decay...