The Riverside Church

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

490-498 Riverside Drive

ARCHITECT: Henry C. Pelton and Allen & Collens

DATE: 1928-30

STYLE: Neo-Gothic, Church

Church Manhattan Morningside Heights Neo-Gothic

Designated May 16, 2000

An ecumenical church, with its roots in the Baptist faith, its history reflects the modernist religious theology of its founding pastor Harry Emerson Fosdick. Financed with gifts from members of the church, including the industrialist and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr., the neo-Gothic style complex, built between 1928 and 1930, consists of three distinct sections: a five-bay nave and chancel extending north toward West 122nd Street; a mid-block twenty-two story tower housing the narthex, Christ Chapel, belfry, offices and meeting rooms; as well as a one-and half story “cloister” passage extending east to Claremont Avenue.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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