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Harpe Consulting Writes Successful Grant for St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Lincolnton

26 Sep

Harpe Consulting wrote a successful grant application to the Marion Stedman Covington Foundation of Greensboro, North Carolina, for historic St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Lincolnton.  The $5,000 grant supported the installation of period-appropriate gutters and downspouts to the soffit area on all four roof elevations of the church’s sanctuary to reduce discoloration to the brick-veneered walls, to divert rainwater away from the building foundation and crawlspace, and the repair windows on the Parish House.  This project is the result of a Historic Maintenance Preliminary Plan prepared for Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church by Restoration Specialist Rick Owens of Simpsonville, South Carolina in 2009.  Owens met with church representatives after the congregation was forced to remove a twelve to fifteen foot beehive from the church’s steeple in July 2008.

The church has organized a historic preservation committee and preservation fund for future preservation efforts that include the restoration of wood windows, glass panes, and trim on the church’s bell tower, and the restoration of stained glass windows and replacement of existing Plexiglas window guards with new polycarbonate or Lexan Clear guards on the church’s sanctuary.  This committee is composed of staff and board members of the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s Parish members, Lincoln County Historical Association, Lincoln County Historic Properties Commission, local government officials, and other historic preservation advocates in Lincoln County. 

To learn more about St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Lincolnton, N.C., visit their website at


The Marion Stedman Covington Foundation of Greensboro, North Carolina was established in 1986 to honor Marion Stedman Covington and her generosity, voluntarism and philanthropy to North Carolina’s historic preservation movement, art, education, and well being of others over the past fifteen years.  The Covington Foundation provides grants to federally tax-exempt, non-profit organizations for historic preservation projects in North Carolina.  For more information on the Marion Stedman Covington Foundation, contact Alexa S. Aycock, Grants Coordinator, The Marion Stedman Covington Foundation, P.O. Box 29304, Greensboro, NC, 27429-9304, (336) 282-0480.


"Harpe Restoring Windows"

Jason Harpe of Harpe Consulting helping restore double-hung wood sash windows.


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