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St. Michael's Church
UPDATE - THE DESIGNATION HEARING WAS 3/18/08 BUT LPC HAS NOT YET VOTED.

Is there a historic church, synagogue
 or other religious institution in your community that needs to be preserved but doesn't yet have landmark status? 

Join us in urging the LPC to end the tear-down trend that robs our city of its historic houses of worship!
See action steps below...
 

 


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STEP 1: Send a letter to LPC Chair Robert B. Tierney. Click here for contact information.

 
 
STEP 2: Send copies of your letter to key political officials. Click here for a contact list.
 
 

ST. MICHAEL'S CHURCH
225 West 99th Street
Robert W. Gibson, 1891

This gleaming-white limestone church, with its commanding corner tower, red terra-cotta tile roof and Romanesque-arched windows (stained glass by Louis Comfort Tiffany, America's great master of design and decorative arts), together with its adjacent parish house and rectory, is a true landmark on the Amsterdam Avenue skyline. This part of the Upper West Side was pastoral until the construction of the Ninth (Columbus) Avenue elevated train in 1879. To keep up with its growing congregation, St. Michael's replaced its 1854 structure (already the second on the site) with a magnificent new church to seat 1,600. The New York Times remarked on its Romanesque design by architect Robert W. Gibson (who also designed West End Collegiate Church, an anchor of the West End-Collegiate Historic District), calling it "a radical departure from the Gothic architecture of the majority of the city's sacred edifices." The building's light-colored façade also sets it apart from other churches of the day. For example, whereas West-Park Presbyterian Church uses dark-red sandstone, St. Michael's achieves equal monumentality using rough-hewn blocks of Indiana limestone. The Tiffany windows, added in stages after 1895, have been restored along with the interior, which contains more Tiffany-designed elements. The church's website proudly boasts,"[T]hese works represent one of the largest Tiffany installations still intact in its original setting." But it is the remarkably well-preserved exterior (the part of the complex that is eligible for landmark designation) that makes St. Michael's a star to wish upon.

 

 
LINKS
 
St. Michael's Church Website
History of St. Michael's Church
Landmarks Preservation Commission Statement of Significance
 
 
TESTIMONY AND LETTERS OF SUPPORT
 
Page Ayres Cowley, FAIA, RIBA
 
Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America
The New York Landmarks Conservancy
The Women's City Club of New York
LANDMARK WEST!
 

Hon. Robert B. Tierney, Chair

NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission
1 Centre Street, 9th Floor, NYC 10007
Email: comments@lpc.nyc.gov
Fax: 212-669-7955
Phone: 212-669-7888
 
Hon. Charles B. Rangel
U.S. Congressman
163 West 125th St., Rm. 737, NYC 10027
Email: rangel@mail.house.gov
Fax: 212-663-4277
Phone: 212-663-3900
 
Hon. Bill Perkins
New York State Senator
163 West 125th Street, Suite 932, NYC 10027
Email: perkins@senate.state.ny.us
Phone: 212-222-7315
 
Hon. Daniel J. O'Donnell
New York State Assembly Member
245 West 104th Street, NYC 10025
Email: odonned@assembly.state.ny.us
Fax: 212-864-1095
Phone: 212-866-3970
 
Hon. Scott Stringer
Manhattan Borough President
1 Centre Street, 19th Floor, NYC 10007
Email: bp@manhattanbp.org
Fax: 212-669-4900
Phone: 212-669-8300
 
Hon. Melissa Mark Viverito
New York City Council Member
105 East 116th Street, NYC 10029
Email: viverito@council.nyc.ny.us
Fax: 212-722-6378
 
Hon. Jessica S. Lappin
New York City Council Member
336 East 73rd Street (Suite C), NYC 10021
Email: lappin@council.nyc.ny.us
Fax: 212-442-5503
Phone:212-788-6865
 
Honorable Christine Quinn
City Council Speaker
224 West 30th Street, Suite 1206, NYC 10001
Email: quinn@council.nyc.ny.us
Fax: 212-564-7347
Phone: 212-564-7757
 
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