Built in 1723, America’s most famous church serves more than half a million people each year who visit Old North to learn about America’s patriotic values and history. In 2015, the Old North Foundation embarked on a $11,000,000 capital campaign, Old North 300, to restore and preserve the church in time for its three-hundredth birthday.
Old North 300 aims to:
- Install new electrical, ventilation, fire suppression, lighting, telecommunications, and sound systems
- Replaster and repaint interior surfaces using a color palette to accurately reflect the colonial period.
- Restore cherished fine art objects, including 20 painted cherubs currently covered by several layers of paint.
- Restore the 37 tombs in the church crypt, adding moisture controls to mitigate future decay. Add new interpretive signage and lighting to improve the visitor experience.
- Renovate the church’s exterior, including masonry repointing, painting of the steeple and windows, and repairing the slate roof.
- Remodel the Washington Garden and Courtyard to create an outdoor classroom focused on a display of the poem “Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
- Create a $2,000,000 preservation endowment to ensure the Old North Church’s survival for another 300 years.