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Why is this building significant?

In his design for this building, William A. Potter broke decisively from the Classical vocabulary that dominates Central Park West to create a striking essay in the English Perpendicular Gothic style. Asymmetrically composed, the building boldly holds its corner site with a tower that draws heavily from the buildings of Magdalen College, established in the middle of the 15th century at Oxford University. The historicist design has been praised by many including, perhaps surprisingly, the ardent modernist Frank Lloyd Wright, whose daughter was married in the building. Notable parishioners have included Horace Greeley, Oscar Hammerstein II, and P.T. Barnum.


What did the New York Landmarks Conservancy do?

We provided initial architect referrals, funded a conditions assessment, and met with potential donors. Our $350,000 low-interest loan and a $40,000 grant helped the congregation secure and match a $500,000 state grant towards a $1.2 million slate-roof-replacement project.





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