Christ Church Preservation Trust

Updated
9 Jun 2017

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Christ Church. Photo by JJ Tiziou.

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Christ Church. Photo by JJ Tiziou.

Christ Church Preservation Trust (the Trust) supports the preservation, restoration, and maintenance of three historic sites: Christ Church, Christ Church Neighborhood House, and Christ Church Burial Ground. A National Historic Landmark, Christ Church counted many significant historical figures among its parishioners, including Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Betsy Ross, and John Adams. The site welcomes over 250,000 visitors annually, making it one of the top 10 most frequently visited sites in the Philadelphia region. In addition to site preservation and interpretation, the Trust's Neighborhood House program operates a performance venue in its namesake building and serves as a catalyst for the arts across the entire church campus. In 2017, the Trust received Center support to commission In Plain Air, a new composition by members of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) that celebrated the installation of the Church’s new custom-built pipe organ. A 2019 Project grant supports the creation of THE PHILADELPHIA MATTER/2020, a new performance work by pioneering postmodern choreographer David Gordon that simultaneously connects live and video-streamed performers in two cities.