Grace Church, New York

Grace Church, New York

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name = Grace Church and Dependencies
nrhp_type = nhl

caption = Grace Church from Broadway
location = Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City, NY
nearest_city =
lat_degrees = 40 | lat_minutes = 43 | lat_seconds = 54 | lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 73 | long_minutes = 59 | long_seconds = 31 | long_direction = W
area =
built = 1846
architect = James Renwick, Jr.
architecture = Gothic Revival
designated = December 22, 1977 cite web|url=
title=Grace Church|date=2007-09-14|work=National Historic Landmark summary listing|publisher=National Park Service
added = June 28, 1974 cite web|url=|title=National Register Information System|date=2007-01-23|work=National Register of Historic Places|publisher=National Park Service]
visitation_num = | visitation_year =
refnum = 74001270
mpsub =
governing_body = Private church

Grace Church, also known as Grace Church and Dependencies, at 802 Broadway in New York City, is a historic full-service parish church in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Grace Church is located on Broadway near 10th Street as the avenue bends into the heart of New York University and the East Village.

History and Architecture

Grace Church is a Gothic Revival masterpiece designed by James Renwick, Jr., his first major commission. In 1843, the land on which the church was built was purchased from Henry Brevoort. The 23-year-old architect James Renwick, Jr.—a nephew of Henry Brevoort—whose sole completed work at the time was the Bowling Green Fountain, was commissioned as the architect. Grace Church is a National Historic Landmark designated for its architectural significance and place within the history of New York City.cite web|url=
title=Grace Church|date=2007-09-14|work=National Historic Landmark summary listing|publisher=National Park Service
] cite web|url=PDFlink| [ "Grace Church", April 19, 1977, by Carolyn Pitts] |629 KiB |title=National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination|date=1977-04-19|publisher=National Park Service] cite web|url=PDFlink| [ Grace Church--Accompanying 11 exterior photos, undated.] |1.76 MiB |title=National Register of Historic Places Inventory|date=1983|publisher=National Park Service]

The cornerstone for the new church was laid in 1843 and Grace Church was consecrated in 1846. Vestry minutes from January of that year break down some of the expenses for building a new church—including items ranging from the cost of the workers from Sing Sing state prison who cut the stone to the cost of the embroidery for the altar cloth. Like Trinity Church (also consecrated in 1846), Grace Church was designed in the Gothic Revival style, and despite the wood, plaster (scored to look like stone) and lathe construction—as opposed to the stone construction of medieval Gothic cathedrals.The east window over the high altar created by the English stained glass manufacturer Clayton and Bell in 1878, dominates the chancel, and the whole church. A "Te Deum" window, its theme is praise. The figures with their faces raised toward Christ, who is seated at the top center, represent prophets, apostles, martyrs and all the world.

The reredos, with mosaic figures of the evangelists, is made of French and Italian Marble and Caen Stone, and shows the four Gospel writers, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, flanking the Risen Christ as he gives the great commission, "Go into all the world and make disciples..." This piece, along with the altar, was designed by James Renwick Jr. and executed by Ellin & Kitson in 1878. The Choir furniture was installed in 1903 after the chancel was lengthened an additional fifteen feet in a renovation designed by Heins and La Farge.


Grace Church offers a full schedule of prayer and Eucharist services throughout the week and is also available for special occasions such as weddings and baptisms. Other services the church provides include a community outreach program, spiritual education classes for adults, and children and youth services.

Grace Church is known for its Choir of Men and Boys (est. 1894) and its rich musical program which includes regular organ recitals featuring the music of the great classical composers.


* The Reverend J. Donald Waring, Rector
** The Reverend Linda Bartholomew, Assistant to the Rector
** Dr. Patrick Allen, Organist and Master of Choristers


External links

* [ Grace Church] – Official website
* [ Episcopal Diocese of New York] – Official website
* [ National Register of Historic Buildings Number: 74001270]

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