Designated May 12, 2009
Mindful of the colonial and Revolutionary history of the Fort Washington neighborhood, Thomas Hastings drew on eighteenth century models, particularly the churches of the English architect James Gibbs, to produce a richly embellished design that was uniquely his own. Basilican in plan, the church features a temple-fronted Doric entrance portico with four monumental stone columns and an unusually lofty, beautifully sculpted tower embellished with classical motifs. The building is clad with buff-colored brick laid in Flemish bond and trimmed with Indiana limestone given a “rubbed finish” to enhance the Georgian character of the design.
Fort Washington Presbyterian remained affiliated with West Park Presbyterian until 1923. In 1982 Fort Washington Presbyterian’s congregation ceded its church to the Primera Iglesia Espaňola de Washington Heights, a Hispanic congregation established in Washington Heights in 1948, which had been a voice for the Puerto Rican community in New York.
*Photo credit Matthew X. Kiernan
STATUS Designated Individual Landmark
The neighborhood is named for Fort Washington, a fortification constructed at the highest point on the island of Manhattan by Continental Army troops during the American Revolutionary War, to defend the area from the British forces.Explore the Neighborhood >
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