Grace Church is a historic parish church in New York. The cornerstone for the church was laid in 1843 and the church was consecrated in 1846. Grace Church was designed in the French Gothic Revival style out of Sing Sing marble, and vestry minutes from January of that year break down some of the expenses for building a new church – including items ranging from the cost of the workers from Sing Sing state prison who cut the stone to the cost of the embroidery for the altar cloth. The church originally had a wooden spire, but under the leadership of the rector at the time, Henry Codman Potter, it was replaced in 1881 with a marble spire designed by Renwick. The interior of the church is primarily constructed from lath and plaster.

The east window over the high altar created by the English stained glass manufacturer Clayton and Bell in 1878, dominates the chancel, and the whole church. The figures with their faces raised toward Christ, who is seated at the top center, represent prophets, apostles, martyrs and all the world. Other windows in the church are by Henry Holiday. The reredos, with mosaic figures of the evangelists, is made of French and Italian Marble and Caen stone. This piece, along with the altar, was designed by Renwick and executed by Ellin & Kitson in 1878. The choir furniture was installed in 1903 after the chancel was lengthened an additional fifteen feet in a renovation designed by Heins and La Farge. On the lawn in front of Renwick's Grace House (1880–1881), which connects the sanctuary to his Rectory (1846–1847), stands a terra-cotta Roman urn dating from around the time of the Emperor Nero.



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Founded: 1843-1846
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Cecilia Chung (13 months ago)
Pretty church! Very Serene inside, free entry but please respect people who are praying inside by not making noise and keeping your phones in silence :)
Jared Slibeck (2 years ago)
Gorgeous Church, not just great looking but very friendly people too. Let the Doors Be Open!
Natalie Koffarnus (2 years ago)
Gorgeous! Religious or not, this place is beautiful. Free to visit when open. Also free audio tour for your phone.
martha blake (2 years ago)
An architectural gem to be sure, with plenty of history. But also a spiritual home for me for the past 30+ years. Thoughtful leadership by both clergy and parishioners, genuine community, in depth Bible studies and sermons, have supported me on my journey with Christ and helped me navigate the changes and challenges of our world. A true sanctuary!
Dana Foote (2 years ago)
There is a palpable sense of belonging and love within the walls of Grace and it will forever be my spiritual home. Grace Church holds a special place in my family's heart and SO many in its vibrant community.  The ministry is welcoming and the music program is sensational. The Rector, The Rev. Don Waring, and Associate Rector, The Rev. Julia Offinger are spectacular preachers and excellent storytellers, always keeping Christ at the center. The Rev. Thomas Szczerba is wonderful with children's ministries, helping our youngest to know God's love and finding creative ways to share it!  Dr. Patrick Allen, Organist and Choirmaster is truly a gift to Grace. The children's choirs are exceptional and the adult choir is unparalleled under his leadership. His "Bach at noon" brings joy to so many in the neighborhood. Grace Church is a stunning building - James Renwick's first masterpiece before he went on to build St. Patrick's Cathedral uptown, and Vassar College's Library among others. The Grace Church community is precious and I thank God for this beautiful place that knows the love of Christ and shares it so bountifully. Thank you, beloved Grace Church for being a beacon of hope in Greenwich Village!
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