Fredonia Clocktower Restoration

$3,100 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 7 people in 9 months
In the early 1990s, the Fredonia Rotarians led a campaign to paint and patch the steeple and clocktower of the historic Fredonia Baptist Church in Fredonia, New York. 

When Family Church Fredonia purchased the building in 2015, many renovations were required to restore it to its former glory as an historic landmark in our beautiful village.

With a goal of restoration, the church has invested nearly two years and $1.3 million in renovations and repairs to the interior and infrastructure of the building, and began having services there in April 2017.

While there are many phases remaining to the restoration projects, they are mostly interior; air conditioning, the offices, a floor dedicated to young adults and a new kitchen. However, one large piece of the puzzle remains - and it stands as a beacon to the whole community: the clocktower.

Rev. Michael Lokietek, who leads the congregation with his wife Rev. Nancy Lokietek, has enjoyed seeing the village as a whole be restored and has supported many movements to beautify the downtown community. 

Family Church believes the steeple and clocktower go beyond the walls of the church, taking their place in the aesthetically rich history of Fredonia.

That's why this fund has been set up.

As a community, Fredonia can rally behind this cause and help restore a former gem of the downtown area.

The clock, although housed atop the church, is owned by the  Village of Fredonia.

Originally, the clock was to adorn the Village Hall and 1891 Fredonia Opera House building, but was found to be too large. As a result, a new location was needed, so an agreement was reached to place it across the street in the church's steeple.

Over time, though, both clock and steeple fell into disrepair.  Paint is peeling, leaks are frequent, beams need reinforcing and the clock itself needs professional attention.

The goal is to re-inforce and restore the tower, and re-side it to be as low-maintenance as possible for the future.

The church has sought, and will continue, to fund the massive renovation projects this building has mandated.

But, as a community, this tower stands as a symbol - one that all can take pride in. 

Thank you for your help in restoring not just this historic steeple, but the community as a whole.

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Donations recevied through GoFundMe are not tax deductible. However, Family Church Fredonia is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, and any donations received directly by the church are tax deductible.

Feel free to mail a donation to the church directly (PO Box 179, Fredonia, New York) or you can donate via PayPal at paypal.me/fcfredonia and indicate your donation for 'Clocktower Restoration' and you'll receive a receipt as well.
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