Episcopal Church of the Ascension

New York, United States

The Church of the Ascension is an Episcopal church built in 1840–41. It was the first church to be built on Fifth Avenue and was designed by Richard Upjohn in the Gothic Revival style.  The interior was remodeled by Stanford White in 1885–88.

The brownstone church is symmetrical, and features a square tower. Stanford White's interior design features a pulpit designed by Charles Follen McKim, mosaics by D. Maitland Armstrong, a marble reredos by Louis Saint-Gaudens and several stained glass windows by John LaFarge and his altar mural The Ascension. This is considered to be one of his best works

The parish house designed by McKim, Mead and White took a previously existing building and turned it into a Northern Renaissance-inspired building of yellow brick with bottle-glass windows.



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Founded: 1840-1841
Category: Religious sites in United States


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Paul Perkus (11 months ago)
Went to this church for a concert, which we enjoyed. We were seated on the side so had a partially obstructed view, but music was magnificent. Church is beautiful.
Michelle Neff (2 years ago)
I’m not a religious person but this place makes me feel safe and loved and I feel the spirituality all around me, whatever that is. I have had both my children baptized here. I live in Lakewood Ranch, FL. now, but when I am in NYC I would never miss a mass.
Vanessa Dure (2 years ago)
They told me how to a cess the information I wanted.
Lee Dugger (2 years ago)
Wonderful place of worship. Warm community led by Mother Liz. The music is extraordinary.
Kathie Lou Moser (2 years ago)
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