Judson Memorial Church, Greenwich Village, New York City by artwhiz47

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This historic church stands on the south side of Washington Square, in the heart of the New York University district of the Village. It was designed by the well-known architect Stanford White, of the New York firm of McKim, Mead & White, & the church itself was constructed between 1888 & 1893. The tower & church hall went up a few years later. The structure was originally built as a Baptist institution & was dedicated to Baptist missionary Adoniram Judson. There were many wealthy & influential Baptists in New York, among them John D. Rockefeller, & these New York potentates underwrote design & construction of the church in order to provide a meeting place for the elite who lived north of Washington Square & the burgeoning immigrant populations to the south, in lower Manhattan. The Italianate tower & other Lombardo-Romanesque features were designed with Italian immigrants in mind. Along with White, other prominent artisans were employed for the fine details ~ for example, stained glass was created by John LaFarge, & sculptures by Augustus St. Gaudens. Today, Judson Memorial Church is still a gathering place with a social conscience & an inter-faith presence in the community. It opens its doors to all & sundry, & is a vital part of the NYU experience. As a peace & justice center, it is a haven for many New Yorkers & an architectural, historical, & cultural landmark for all.

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  • BCImages
    BCImagesalmost 5 years ago

    wow one of your very best sheila

  • Quick on the draw, I see! Many thanks for that – this is one from the archives; hadn’t looked at these in a while. You never know….

    – artwhiz47

  • Ritva Ikonen
    Ritva Ikonenalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot with interesting historic information. Lovely colors as well.

  • Thanks, Ritva. We stayed just across the park from this in April a couple of years ago. Perfect weather, perfect timing for blossoms & blooms!

    – artwhiz47

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 5 years ago

    A beauty, Sheila! Lovely church, lovely blossoms, blue sky! Very, very nicely done!

  • April in NY. No, that’s Autumn in NY. Not to be confused with Moonlight in Vermont, which is often is. But I ramble. Thank You, is what I meant to say. Conditions were perfect, & the Dog Park within Washington Square Park was a law unto itself. And jazz at the Blue Note was just around the corner….

    – artwhiz47

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent capture Sheila and very interesting information …

  • Thank you, Tom. I have a photo of the Washington Square arch, taken that same glorious day, which I’ll post soon.

    – artwhiz47

  • AND… thanks for the favorite!

    – artwhiz47

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful place, S. Love those petals.. and speaking of petals.. I Finally saw a crocus today! Course it was an hour south of here, but hey.. it’s close…

  • Thanks, Maureen. The other good shot I got of these bloomin’ trees has a bright yellow taxi in it – kind of neat, actually, the colors swearing at each other as the cabbies swear at each other. Ah, New York. I have ONE (count ’em) crocus out back. No idea where the others are. And some feeble snowdrops. Oh, well.

    – artwhiz47

  • Edengirl
    Edengirlalmost 5 years ago

    The cherry blossom looks great…brightens a place up a treat. Love that tower.

  • Thanks, C. The tower is a major attention-grabber – taller than the iconic Washington Square arch, but not in a position to argue with it. The blossoms were extraordinary, & while we were there, there was no wind to threaten them. The perfect froth.

    – artwhiz47

  • WatscapePhoto
    WatscapePhotoalmost 5 years ago

    Complete with all that Spring colour. Beautiful, Sheila.

  • Thank you, Steve. That was a particularly good year for flowering ornamentals & other fruit trees. And thus a good year for fruit in general! When I came across it in my archive, I thought Yes, That Says Spring.

    – artwhiz47

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful colours and composition Sheila, a wonderful floral display!!

  • Thanks, Shaun. I’m not much of a city person, but there is something to be said for the occasional trip to New York City (even though we’re in New York State, we’re over 400 miles from NYC, at the other end of the state), but not in the summer!

    – artwhiz47

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 5 years ago

    She is a real beauty Sheila, love the Bell Tower, and the glorious blossoms, interesting read BTW

  • Thanks, Larry. We stayed at the Washington Square Hotel just across the park from this magnificent view.

    – artwhiz47

  • sundawg7
    sundawg7almost 5 years ago

    A real pleasing photo of the scene Sheila, and great write-up too. >Ron<

  • It was the perfect get-away. Glad you enjoyed the history; all of Greenwich Village is full of stories! Thanks, Ron.

    – artwhiz47

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