Fort Washington Presbyterian Church

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

21 Wadsworth Avenue, New York.

ARCHITECT: Thomas Hastings

DATE: 1913-14

STYLE: Neo-Georgian

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

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