The Riverside Church

Name:  The Riverside Church

Address:   490-498 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10027


Date:  1928

Architect or Builder:  Allen & Collens and Pelton, Henry C.

Style:  Neo-Gothic

NYC Boroughs/Neighborhoods:   Morningside Heights

County:   New York

Sunday, May 21st / Riverside Church
490 Riverside Drive at 120th Street (Manhattan)
1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Riverside Church features a nave with stained glass windows designed in the tradition of Chartres Cathedral, but manufactured in the United States and France. Riverside Church’s Christ Chapel is patterned after the 11th century Romanesque nave of the fortress church of Sts. Nazaire and Celsus at Carcassonne with fantastic stained glass reminiscent of medieval Europe. The narthex windows include 16th century Flemish windows salvaged from a church at the time of the French Revolution. Other spaces with wonderful stained glass include the meditation chapel. The 400-foot carillon tower holds 74 bells including the world’s largest tuned bell forged in 1925.

Special pre-booked, docent-led tours highlighting the recently restored stained glass windows will be offered. Space is limited and advance registration is suggested.

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