There's Always Something Wonderful Here at Saint James Place!

Why Did Sally Harris Save Saint James Place?

Sally Harris, Saint James Place co-founder and president.
Photo by Ben Garver, The Berkshire Eagle.

Our own Sally Harris, co-founder and president of Saint James Place, was interviewed by the Berkshire Eagle for their Executive Spotlight. The focus of the article is on the historic preservation of this landmark building. So, why did Sally Harris save Saint James Place? Read the full article here. Read on for a quick synopsis!

Our Historic Building Was Falling Apart

Saint James Place is a former Episcopal Church. In 2008, the congregation had moved out because of extensive repairs that needed to be done: a large part of the back wall had collapsed. There was talk that it was more cost-effective to tear it down than repair it. Immediately, Sally wanted to do something to help save the this significant building built of blue dolomite quarried right here in Great Barrington.

Photo by Christina Lane of Christina Lane Photography.

Sally says in the article, “I went to the Foundation Center in New York City to take a course on how to write a grant proposal for repairs. That was my idea of ​​doing something that I could do as a volunteer.” That was just the beginning of the restoration project.

Saint James Place Becomes a Non-Profit

Ultimately, Sally and Fred Harris, co-founder and Treasurer, created a non-profit organization and purchased Saint James Place, and the building next door, the former rectory. They then undertook a significant historic preservation project. With support from foundations and donors, Saint James Place was restored by 2017 and opened its doors to the Berkshires community.

Crescendo concert. Crescendo is an early music choral group that performs often in our Sanctuary space.

Thanks to Tony Dobrowolski of The Berkshire Eagle for the profile: Executive Spotlight: Sally Harris/St. James Place

Come to a Concert at Saint James Place!

Saint James Place, now an arts and culture hub, is ready to face another 165 years. Come to Saint James Place for music, including chamber music, theater, dance, and other performances. It’s also a great spot for lectures, classes, meetings and weddings.

Want to learn more about Saint James Place? Click here.