Grace Church by James Renwick, Jr.

Grace Church by James Renwick, Jr.

The lovely Grace Church in NYC is located on the corner of Broadway and East 10th St. It was designed in 1843 in the Gothic Revival style, with a few subsequent additions and modifications.

James Renwick, Jr. was born into a prominent NYC family and entered Columbia at age 12 to study engineering. He never formally studied architecture but, at 25, received his first major commission to design this church. He is probably best known for the Smithsonian Castle in DC and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan.

The marble was cut by prisoners at Sing Sing. The spire was originally made of wood but, in 1881, Renwick designed a marble replacement.

Grace Church by James Renwick, Jr.

Grace Church by James Renwick, Jr.

Grace Church by James Renwick, Jr.

The focal point is the East window over the high altar, created by the English stained glass firm Clayton & Bell in 1878:

Grace Church by James Renwick, Jr.

Grace Church by James Renwick, Jr.

Grace Church by James Renwick, Jr.

Grace Church by James Renwick, Jr.

Grace Church by James Renwick, Jr.

Check out more and better photos of the church here.

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