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

The Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church

The Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, here shown under restoration, is one of the largest Presbyterian congregations in the United States.  Located at 55th Street and Fifth Avenue since 1873, the stupendous Victorian High Gothic building was the tallest in New York City when completed. Designed by the little-known architect Carl Pfeiffer, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian’s impressive… Continue reading

Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue

A 1913 masterwork of architectural firm Cram, Goodhue & Ferguson, Saint Thomas Church (Also known as Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue) is a major example of the Late Gothic Revival. Replacing an impressive design by Richard Upjohn and his son that was lost to fire, the current church is built of self-supporting stone and has… Continue reading