Rochester Area Community Foundation Supports Historic Preservation At St. Peter’s Church

The Rochester Area Community Foundation recently awarded a $10,000 grant to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church for historic preservation.

RACF, in partnership with philanthropists and community partners, works to improve the quality of life for people who live and work in the eight-county region through its leadership and strategic grant-making.

The Geneva church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002 and inducted into the Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame in 2019.

“I am grateful for the support of the Rochester Area Community Foundation as St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy seek to preserve these architectural and historic treasures, and to adapt them to meet the needs of the community today,” said the Rev. James Adams, rector of St. Peter’s.

Anchoring the south end of the Genesee Park Historic District, St. Peter’s is a Medina sandstone, Gothic Revival-style church designed by architect Richard Upjohn. The stone church was constructed in 1868-70 with funds raised lo

The former rectory building on the south side of the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church grounds has a new roof.  

cally by voluntary contribution.

In 1878, Upjohn’s son, Richard M. Upjohn, designed a four-story, square bell tower at the northwest corner of the church.

In 1986, the parish started a restoration of the buildings to restore the original Gothic splendor of the church. Now, the interior of the church survives virtually intact with carved trusses supporting the paneled ceiling, original pews arranged around a center aisle and delicate stenciling.

In 2005, the church established the St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy. The Academy continues to grow and needs more space for instruction. A $4-million capital campaign is underway to raise money to convert the two-story former rectory on the south side of the church grounds into the main space for the Academy.

The annual Friends of the Arts appeal ensures music and dance lessons are available to students of all ages and abilities. Donors can donate online at or mail a check to the Arts Academy, 149 Genesee St., Geneva.


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