In the middle of this past week, I happened to be in the Murray Hill section of Manhattan to meet some college friends when I decided to take a quick walk around the neighborhood. As soon as I approached the building you see here, I knew it was worth a photo, and snapped away.
The Church of the Incarnation was founded originally in 1852 on Madison Avenue and 28th Street; a dozen years later, when Murray Hill was flourishing, this Episcopal congregation moved up seven blocks on Madison to its current site. Architect Emlen T. Littell described the style of the new building as “Early Decorated Church Gothic.”
Even from the outside, the church looks impressive enough to earn its designation as a New York City Landmark. But its placement on the National Register of Historic Places comes not just from this, but from a perhaps even more stunning interior featuring stained-glass windows, paintings, sculpture and decorative works by the likes of Daniel Chester French, Henry Bacon, John LaFarge, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and Louis Comfort Tiffany, as well as some of the richest, most famous and most powerful New Yorkers who worshipped here, including the Morgans, Admiral David Farragut and Eleanor Roosevelt.