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All Saints' Episcopal Church (Briarcliff Manor, New York)

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All Saints' Episcopal Church
Stone English Gothic-style church with red door
Front entrance of the church
Location 96 and 201 Scarborough Road, Briarcliff Manor, New York 10510
Area 4 acres (1.6 ha)
Built 1848
Architect Richard Upjohn; William Henry Deacy
Architectural style Gothic Revival
NRHP reference #


Rector Yejide S. Peters
Deacon(s) Ann L. Douglas
Added to NRHP

May 14, 2002[2]

All Saints' Episcopal Church is located in Briarcliff Manor
All Saints' Episcopal Church
All Saints' Episcopal Church
Location of All Saints' Episcopal Church
All Saints' Episcopal Church is located in New York
All Saints' Episcopal Church
All Saints' Episcopal Church
Location of All Saints' Episcopal Church
All Saints' Episcopal Church is located in the US
All Saints' Episcopal Church
All Saints' Episcopal Church
Location of All Saints' Episcopal Church
Coordinates 41°08′52″N 73°50′48″W / 41.147795°N 73.846720°W / 41.147795; -73.846720Coordinates: 41°08′52″N 73°50′48″W / 41.147795°N 73.846720°W / 41.147795; -73.846720

All Saints' Episcopal Church is a historic Episcopal church in Briarcliff Manor, New York. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.[1] John David Ogilby, whose summer estate and family home in Ireland were the namesakes of Briarcliff Manor, founded the church in 1854. The church was built on Ogilby's summer estate in Briarcliff Manor.[1]

Richard Upjohn designed the church building, which was constructed from 1848 to 1854 and expanded in 1911. The church has several memorial windows, including one by John LaFarge and a rose window by Frederick Wilson of Tiffany Studios.


A small stone church
A small stone church
The church shortly before and after its expansion

The church's opening service was held on December 13, 1854, and Ogilby donated the church's current building and grounds in 1863. He gave the church its first name, "All Saints' Church, Brier Cliff, Sing Sing, N. Y.", naming his property Brier Cliff after his family home in Ireland.[3] In 1910, the church building was enlarged to the present cruciform shape, and it was consecrated on November 1, 1911. In 1945, the church purchased property to the north and east of the building; a parish hall was built there in 1949 and dedicated on January 29, 1950.[4](p29)

In the 2000s, photographer Mark Sadan informally led the Sunday Photo Group,[5] which had about 24 members and met at All Saints', on the second Sunday of each month.[6] In late 2006, the church was featured on Nightline and USA Today for hosting U2charists, Eucharists accompanying U2 songs;[7] the church has held two such services.[8] The church estimated that of the people to attend one of their U2charists, 70 percent were visitors.[9]

Notable rectors include Thomas Hazzard and John Adams Howell.[4](p29) Hazzard was the founder of Hope Farm, and was a football player and coach, as well as a minister, dairy farmer, treasurer, and missionary in Liberia.[10] John Adams Howell invented the Howell torpedo and other naval devices; he was also a rear admiral in the US Navy.[11]


Portrait of clean-shaven man with light shirt and dark formal jacket
John David Ogilby, founder of the church

The church building was designed by noted architect Richard Upjohn and built between 1848 and 1854. The church was modeled on Saint Andrew's in Bemerton, England,[12][13] and it is an example of the modest English Gothic parish church popular in the region during the mid-19th century.[13]

The building was originally designed with a simple rectangular nave with a high-pitched slate-covered gable roof and exterior walls of random-coursed granite ashlar in the Gothic Revival style. A transept and enlarged chancel were added in 1911. There is a metal steeple at the gable crossing. Memorial windows include one by John LaFarge (1889) and a rose window "Adoration of the Magi" (1911) by Frederick Wilson of Tiffany Studios. Also on the property is a Stick Style rectory dated to 1883 and an Arts and Crafts-style Old Parish Hall built in 1904.[14]

All Saints' Preschool[edit]

All Saints runs a preschool program for children two to five years old. The program involves spiritual and ethical teaching, class trips, and activities including gym, music, playground, art, cooking, and drama.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Historic Properties Listing". Westchester County Historical Society. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ Pattison, Robert (1939). A History of Briarcliff Manor. William Rayburn. OCLC 39333547. 
  4. ^ a b Our Village: Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. 1902 to 1952. Historical Committee of the Semi–Centennial. 1952. LCCN 83238400. OCLC 24569093. 
  5. ^ Hershenson, Roberta (April 13, 2003). "Footlights". The New York Times. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ Hershenson, Roberta (November 25, 2001). "Footlights; A Sharing of Images". The New York Times. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ Stern, Gary (October 25, 2006). "Episcopal 'U2-charist' uses songs in service". USA Today. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Sign of the Times: U2 Eucharist at All Saints Church in Briarcliff NY". Nightline. ABC News. November 2006. 
  9. ^ Encinias, Josh (August 20, 2009). "Breaking through the Methodist "Horizon"". Pensacola Independent News. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Services Held for Rev. T. R. Hazzard" (PDF). Millbrook Round Table. 52 (7). February 14, 1957. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Admiral J. A. Howell Dies". The New York Times. January 12, 1918. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  12. ^ Cheever, Mary (1990). The Changing Landscape: A History of Briarcliff Manor-Scarborough. West Kennebunk, Maine: Phoenix Publishing. ISBN 0-914659-49-9. LCCN 90045613. OCLC 22274920. OL 1884671M. 
  13. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Places Inventory—Nomination form - All Saints' Episcopal Church". National Park Service. United States Department of the Interior. Archived from the original on August 16, 2014. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  14. ^ Shaver, Peter D. (October 2001). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: All Saints Episcopal Church". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved December 24, 2010.  See also: "Accompanying nine photos". 
  15. ^ "All Saints' Preschool". All Saints' Episcopal Church. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 

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