A church’s “persistent commitment” to a changing, and perhaps dying, city manifested itself in the bold reimagining of the shape and form of a sacred space at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 54th Street.
Week 7: Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church
At a corner in one of the busiest shopping and office districts in the world stands a church whose clock tower has kept time for passersby for nearly 150 years.
Week 6: The Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord
Saturday, 10 February 2018, was a mild but wet and gray midwinter New York day, but the color and warmth of a Russian Orthodox cathedral in Brooklyn — the first I’d ever visited — lingered with me long after I left its doors.
Week 5: The Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph
Week 5 of 52 Houses of Worship in 52 Weeks: One of the seats of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Brooklyn, beautifully restored 2012–14 with impressive new artwork.
Week 4: Church of St. Paul the Apostle
The mother church of the Paulist Fathers, the first order of Catholic priests founded in the United States, sits in the shadow of some of New York City’s biggest skyscrapers, but its presence and sheer scale dominate this corner of Manhattan.
Week 3: St. Bartholomew’s Church
Week 3 of 52 Houses of Worship in 52 Weeks: An ornate Romanesque and Byzantine Episcopal church in Midtown Manhattan.
Week 2: St. Jean Baptiste Church
A church built by a French Canadian Catholic parish is one of the most remarkable examples of Renaissance Revival architecture in New York City.
Week 1: The Church of St. Francis Xavier
My first visit in my 52 Houses of Worship in 52 Weeks project took me to the Church of St. Francis Xavier, a Catholic church just west of Union Square in Manhattan.