First Unitarian Congregational Society, Brooklyn
Name: First Unitarian Congregational Society, Brooklyn
Address: 116 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Architect or Builder: Lafever, Minard
Style: Gothic Revival
NYC Boroughs/Neighborhoods: Brooklyn Heights
Saturday, May 20th
11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
First Unitarian Church, constructed in 1844, is one of the finest works of the influential American architect, Minard Lafever. The design was loosely based on late-English Gothic prototypes, such as King’s College Chapel, Cambridge but Lafever adapted his sources to create a building which is uniquely American. Remarkably well preserved, the church’s only significant alterations have been the addition of the wonderful stained glass windows, including a full suite of Tiffany angel windows and the “Unitarian Saints” clerestory windows. The balcony also features a 1915 Tiffany mosaic, “Angel of Light,” originally installed at the Unitarian Church of the Messiah in Manhattan, which was purchased by First Unitarian in 1935.
An organ demonstration will be offered at 11:00 a.m. and a special guided tour at 2:00 p.m.
Space is limited and advance registration is suggested.