Union Church of Pocantico Hills

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Union Church of Pocantico Hills
Union Church of Pocantico Hills is located in New York
Union Church of Pocantico Hills
Location 555-559 Bedford Rd., Pocantico Hills, New York
Coordinates 41°5′44″N 73°49′58″W / 41.09556°N 73.83278°W / 41.09556; -73.83278Coordinates: 41°5′44″N 73°49′58″W / 41.09556°N 73.83278°W / 41.09556; -73.83278
Area 1.2 acres (0.49 ha)
Built 1921
Architect Eisinger, Ludwig W.
Architectural style Late Gothic Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 02000447[1]
Added to NRHP May 06, 2002

Union Church of Pocantico Hills is a historic church located at 555-559 Bedford Road in Pocantico Hills, New York. The church was built by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in 1921, as part of his plans to develop the town of Pocantico Hills, which was below his estate Kykuit.[2] Upon the death of Rockefeller's wife Abby Aldrich Rockefeller in 1948, their son Nelson Rockefeller had Henri Matisse design the church's rose window in honor of her memory shortly before the artist's own death in 1954.[2] When John D. Rockefeller, Jr. died in 1960, his children had artist Marc Chagall design a Good Samaritan window in his honor.[2] It is a one story neo-Gothic style building with fieldstone foundation and walls and a slate covered, highly pitched gable roof. In 1930-1931, a parish hall was added to the east end of the church.[3]

National Register Listing[edit]

On May 6, 2006, the church was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.[4]

The Pipe Organ[edit]

Dr. David Rockefeller, members of the Rockefeller family, and members of the church commissioned organbuilder Sebastian M. Glück to design and build the Laurance Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Pipe Organ in 2006. It is based upon the organs of fin-de-siècle Paris, notably influenced by the work of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, and it complements the family's taste in the art of that era. It is used for public recitals as well as for church services.

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