41 West 124th Street, The Church of Antioch

41 West 124th Street, now the Church of Antioch, is a battered but still commanding survivor from the Mount Morris Park District’s brownstone days.  A growth of ivy adds a picturesque note to its appearance – but the coat of white paint was a mistake.

The Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church

Called “one of the oddest church buildings in New York” by historian Andrew Dolkart, the astonishing Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church is a massive pile of Romanesque, Classical and High Eclectic effects that maintains a fortress-like presence on its corner.  The interior is almost equally unusual; architect Thomas H. Poole designed the building in 1905-1906…. Continue reading

1484 Fifth Avenue, The Mt. Pisgah Turner Methodist Episcopal Church

1484 Fifth Avenue, like its neighbor to the south, was probably originally a commercial building.  The faux stone facing and pointed windows on the first floor were presumably added at some point during its current incarnation as the Mt. Pisgah Turner African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Just Off Fifth: The Cathedral of St. Nicholas at 15 East 97th Street

One of the most flamboyant ecclesiastic structures in Manhattan, the small but elaborately massed Cathedral of St. Nicholas at 15 East 97th Street brings an unexpected echo of the Arbat to the Upper East Side.  Criticized when built as “ugly and freakish” by the architectural critic Montgomery Schuyler, it is at least as striking as… Continue reading

Church of the Heavenly Rest, Fifth Avenue & 90th Street

An austere but compelling design, the 1929 Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest is the first religious structure on Fifth Avenue north of Temple Emanu-El, 25 blocks south.  Completed by the firm of Mayers, Murray & Phillip, successors to the great Bertram Goodhue, the church was erected on a site sold by Andrew Carnegie with… Continue reading