This weekend, our friends over at the New York Landmarks Conservancy are hosting a state-wide, free-of-charge Sacred Sites Open House Weekend. The event offers a fantastic opportunity to take shelter from the rain inside 140 religious structures all across New York State, including four churches right here in the Village!
St. John’s in-the-Village Episcopal Church
224 Waverly Place
Open May 21st from 12pm-2pm
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright protégé Edgar Tafel, St. John’s in-the-Village was constructed in 1972-1974 after the original Greek Revival church was destroyed by fire in 1971, but the original 1854 parish hall wing survived the fire.
Open Saturday, May 21st from 1pm-5pm and Sunday, May 22nd from 1pm-5pm
A National Historic Landmark dating from 1846, Grace Church in New York is an exceptional example of Gothic Revival architecture and is one of the master works of architect James Renwick, Jr. More on that HERE, or read the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s designation report on the building, which was written when the church was designated a NYC landmark.
Church of the Ascension
Fifth Avenue at 10th Street
Open Sunday, May 22nd from 1pm-4pm
The Church of the Ascension is a National Historic Landmark designed by Upjohn in 1841 that features a magnificent 1880’s interior designed by Stanford White. You can read the all about the history of the church in the State & National Register report.
St. Mark’s Church-In-The-Bowery
131 East 10th Street
Open Sunday, May 22nd from 1pm-3pm
St. Mark’s in the Bowery was constructed in 1795-99 on the site of the chapel originally built by Peter Stuyvesant, Governor of New Amsterdam in 1660, making it the oldest site of continuous worship in New York City! More information can be found on the Landmarks Preservation’s Commission’s designation report.
For more information, visit the New York Landmarks Conservancy.