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  • Collection: The Riverside Church

This apartment house and the two adjoining private residences on the southeast corner of 122nd Street and Riverside Drive were torn down to make way for the Riverside Church.

This photograph, from ca. 1930, is taken from the entrance to Columbia University at Broadway and 116th St. (with Barnard College to the left), facing northwest as the Riverside Church spire rises in the distance. It was known as the 'Rockefeller…

This photograph documents the construction of the church, notably the modern steel framework that would be encased by stone to preserve the architects' Gothic vision.

The architects' cross-section of the building, detailing the purpose for each floor.

This blueprint features notes in yellow from R. Guastavino & Co. on the type and positioning of tile for the church area above the proposed Play Room.

A present-day view of the splendid Riverside Church nave.

A contemporary view of the intricately carved chancel screen of the Riverside Church.

A token of appreciation from all the servicemen who were welcomed at Riverside throughout WWII.

This drafting plan illustrates the proposed use of Guastavino's iconic vaulted ceiling tiles in one room of the Riverside Church.
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