In a victory for Queens preservationists, the Bowne Street Community Church in Flushing has been designated for landmark status by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
The church — which was almost demolished over a decade ago — was built in the late 1800s, has venerated Tiffany stained glass windows built by artists who lived in the neighborhood during the era that it was built in. Originally built to be the Protestant Reform Dutch Church of Flushing, the church has been known by its current name since 1974.
It is located at 38-01 Bowne St.
The designation is the second-to-last stage before the building can be landmarked. The City Council — which usually follows the lead of the elected official for the area in its decision — can vote in favor of or against the designation, which happened along with nine others across the city.
“The Bowne Street Community Church is a beautiful hallmark of Flushing that is especially deserving of a coveted NYC Landmarks designation,” Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing), the area’s elected official, said.
The story was first reported by the real estate news website YIMBY.
“I’ve been involved with trying to get this church designated for well over a decade,” Flushing resident Paul Graziano told the Chronicle. “It is one of the great historic buildings of Flushing and it deserves a designation.”