Houses of Worship Photo Gallery

Take a look at some additional photos of eight local houses of worship featured in our March 2017 issue.


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Photo by Ken Gabrielsen

Union Church of Pocantico Hills

Commemorating the legacy of the Rockefeller family, this church in Tarrytown features rose window created by Henri Matisse honoring Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, mother of Nelson A. Rockefeller. The Good Samaritan window by Marc Chagall is a memorial to Abby Aldrich Rockefeller's husband, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Later, additional windows were crafted to memorialize Michael Clark Rockefeller, Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, Peggy Rockefeller, and Mary Rockefeller.

 

Photo by Ken Gabrielsen

St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church, Ossining

Given as a gift to Bishop John J. Dunn, a metal, life-size crucifix overlooked St. Augustine’s cemetery and it was considered a “beacon of hope.” Unfortunately, when the church moved to its present location, the crucifix was in poor condition and was not displayed again until Monsignor Franco and other volunteers refurbished it; it now sits upon the hill overlooking the Hudson River.

 

Photo by Ken Gabrielsen

Westchester Muslim Center, Mount Vernon

During the 1970s many Muslims immigrated to Westchester County and needed a place to worship and pray. In 1978, the Unitarian Church in Yonkers provided space them. In the 1980s, as the Muslim population in Westchester grew, the group started meeting at the Unitarian Church in White Plains, and then in the Methodist Church in Hartsdale. Looking for a permanent place to settle, the congregation purchased the property at 22 Brookfield Road in Mount Vernon. Today, the Westchester Muslim Center serves more than 2,000 practicing Muslims in the region.

 

Photo by Ken Gabrielsen

Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow

Founded in 1865, this church and churchyard is featured in Washington Irving’s short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  It is also the resting place of local citizens who likely inspired several of Irving’s characters, including Katrina Van Tassel and Brom Bones.

 

Photo by Judy Sarah

Congregation of Kol Ami

The newly renovated sanctuary provides a unique and beautiful environment for worship. When you first step foot inside this sanctuary you will become captivated by the sanctuary’s warm and modern feel. The most sacred part of the sanctuary is the Torah Ark and the Ner Tamid, designed by world-renowned artist Maura Smolover.

 

Photo by Ken Gabrielsen

Immaculate Conception, Yonkers

Compared to the more elaborate Romanesque sculpture of the eleventh century, the Immaculate Conception’s design can be traced back to eighth-century architecture, which represents a simpler Romanesque church. The roughness style came from the fact that the first Romanesque churches were made from stones taken from Roman ruins.

  

Photo by Justin Chauncey

Greek Orthodox Church of Our Saviour, Rye

The biggest attention grabber for this church is the dome atop the nave. Meant to look like the heavens, its was inspired by Byzantine design and traditions.

 

Photo by Ken Gabrielsen

Bedford Presbyterian Church 

With a dramatically monochromatic sanctuary, this Carpenter Gothic church was completed in 1872 thanks to a gift of $50,000 by Mr. and Mrs. Francis Palmer. Francis Palmer was a descendant of one of the first settlers of Bedford and a life-long member of the church. It is one of the few churches of this style with clerestory windows along the roof line.


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