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Thread: The Riverside Church - 490 Riverside Drive - by Allen, Pelton and Collens

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    Default The Riverside Church - 490 Riverside Drive - by Allen, Pelton and Collens

    Architect: Henry C. Pelton, Allen & Collens, and Burnham Hoyt

    Style: Neo-Gothic

    Year: 1930

    Description: The 392 feet tower contains 72 bells. Members of the church included John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who helped financed church. The church is located in the quiete neighborhood of Morningside Heights, just west of Harlem.

















































    From the 125 street station in Harlem:

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    The book by E. Nash, Manhattan Skyscrapers, says the tower is an office building, which I find hard to believe.
    Who would work in a church ? Where are the windows ?

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    Fabb: The church occupies the space.

    Riverside church is nondenominational, unusual for such grand architecture. I believe it was initially funded by the Baptist Churches of America, and then too its hard to believe.

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    The winged lion in one of the photos is full of needles for some reason. *Is that so pigeons don't land on it?

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    Yes. How cruel.

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    Great, great !
    I love Neo-Gothic, it looks so big and beautyfull !
    If one loves pigeons that much, I suggest that we remove the needles and let him care for those souvenirs the're used to let behind. One have to be not only a friend of the birds but also a good alpinist, doh !

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    Pigeons are winged rats. But not nearly as intelligent.
    Winged rats on a winged lion ? I don't think so.

    By the way, I think the winged lion is called a Griffon.

    Fabb: The church occupies the space.
    Are you sure, Stern ?
    I visited the church a few years ago, and I think the tower was not part of it.
    I'm not positive though.

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    The church does occupy it - offices as stated previously. *There's a roof-top observation deck on the tower open to the public. *There are meeting rooms also and some exhibition spaces. *All church related. *(If there's a sign that says "observation closed" - got to the tower elevators and head all the way up). *A spectacular and new perspective on New York City.


    (Edited by BrooklynRider at 10:21 am on April 29, 2003)

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    I remember that we were asked to sign our names in a book before visiting the church.
    Too bad we didn't go to the observation deck.

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    Are you sure, Stern ?
    I visited the church a few years ago, and I think the tower was not part of it.
    I'm not positive though.
    I was there Easter Sunday... I should make church going more a habit, if for the architecture alone

    (Edited by Stern at 5:46 pm on April 28, 2003)

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    "A spectacular and new perspective on Brooklyn"?

    The "winged rats" can poop on all you heartless pigeon-haters as far as I'm concerned.

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    Pigeon-haters ?
    How you came to that is a mystery to me. We love them. But it's hazardous for them to sit on a lion.

    Never mind.
    They interior of the church was inspired by the cathedral of Chartres, the most beautiful in France.

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    lol, Chris
    Yep, they tried a lot on me, but they missed everytime, he-he !
    I think that must be one of the good reasons why our grand were used to wear a hat...

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    Quote: from Christian Wieland on 9:27 pm on April 28, 2003
    "A spectacular and new perspective on Brooklyn"?
    Not sure where my head was on that one - but hopefully you all are working with me...

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    It is a great building. It's the one of the only high-rise buildings I can see from my home in East Harlem looking Uptown. It's exactly the reason I'm always complaining about development Uptown.


    "Bring some skyscrapers Uptown!"From DominicanoNYC

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