St Thomas Church - New_York

The St Thomas community was created in 1823. It was originally accommodated in a church on the corner of Broadway and Houston Street, which was built in 1826, but was destroyed by a fire in 1851. A second church was built on the same site and was used until 1870. The parishioners had wanted to move however, so a new church was built. This third church, built between 1865 and 1870, based upon the design of Richard Upjohn and his son, was located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 53rd Street. Unfortunately this too was destroyed by a fire in 1905 leaving just its 79 metre tall tower behind. The church you will visit today is the fourth St Thomas Church and is a not a copy of any other structure, but is, as one of its architects once said, a building of “rigid honesty” in design, construction and decoration. Designed by Ralph Adams and Bretram Grosvenor Goodhue, it was then built between 1911 and 1916 in a French gothic style, made entirely of stone, conforming to medieval tradition. Admire the small archways of the triforium, the statues, the ribs of the vault, the 28.5 metre tall nave, the typical English style and the altar piece, too. The altar piece is in fact one of the biggest in the world and is reminiscent of those found in English churches. On Sunday at 4 p.m., go and listen to the world famous Choir of Men and Boys, who are very impressive.

Address : 1 W 53rd St 10019 New_York United States

Subway : Metro E, V : station 5th Ave - 53rd St

Phone : +1 212 757 7013

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