Saint Thomas Church (Manhattan)

Coordinates: 40°45′39″N 73°58′34″W / 40.76083°N 73.97611°W / 40.76083; -73.97611
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue
Saint Thomas Church in the City of New York
Map
Location53rd Street and Fifth Avenue
Manhattan, New York City
CountryUnited States
DenominationEpiscopal
ChurchmanshipAnglo-Catholic
Websitewww.saintthomaschurch.org
History
Founded1823; 201 years ago (1823)
DedicationThomas the Apostle
ConsecratedApril 25, 1916
Architecture
Architect(s)Ralph Adams Cram
Architectural typeGothic Revival
Completed1914
Construction cost$1,171,906.44 (equivalent to $34,238,356 in 2022)
Specifications
Length214 feet (65 m)
Width100 feet (30 m)
Nave width43 feet (13 m)
Height95 feet (29 m)
MaterialsKentucky limestone, Kentucky sandstone
Administration
ProvinceProvince II
DioceseNew York
Clergy
Bishop(s)Matthew Heyd
RectorThe Reverend Canon Carl F. Turner
Priest(s)
  • The Rev'd Matthew Moretz
  • The Rev'd Alison Turner
  • The Rev'd Mark Schultz
  • The Rev'd Juyoung Prisca Lee-Pae
  • The Rev'd Dr. Luigi Gioia
Honorary priest(s)
  • Andrew C. Mead
  • Bishop Andrew St. John
  • Mark Brown
  • Gina Gore
  • David F. McNeeley
  • Thomas F. Pike
Laity
Organist/Director of musicJeremy Filsell
Organist(s)
  • Nicolas Haigh
  • Maks Adach
Verger
  • David Bryan (Head Verger)
Armorial of Saint Thomas Church in New York City
St. Thomas Church and Parish House
Saint Thomas Church (Manhattan) is located in New York City
Saint Thomas Church (Manhattan)
Saint Thomas Church (Manhattan) is located in New York
Saint Thomas Church (Manhattan)
Saint Thomas Church (Manhattan) is located in the United States
Saint Thomas Church (Manhattan)
Location1–3 W. 53rd St.
Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates40°45′39″N 73°58′34″W / 40.76083°N 73.97611°W / 40.76083; -73.97611
Built1909
ArchitectCram, Goodhue & Ferguson
Architectural styleLate Gothic Revival
NRHP reference No.80002722[1]
NYSRHP No.06101.000442
NYCL No.0260
Significant dates
Added to NRHPApril 9, 1980
Designated NYSRHPJune 23, 1980
Designated NYCLOctober 19, 1966
A painting by George Harvey (1801–1878) entitled Nightfall, St. Thomas Church, Broadway, New York (c. 1837) currently in the collection of the Museum of the City of New York, shows the first Saint Thomas Church on the corner of Broadway and Houston Street

Saint Thomas Church is an Episcopal parish church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York at 53rd Street and Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Also known as Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue or Saint Thomas Church in the City of New York, the parish was incorporated on January 9, 1824. The current structure, the congregation's fourth church, was designed by the architects Ralph Adams Cram and Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue in the French High Gothic Revival style and completed in 1914.[2] In 2021, it reported 2,852 members, average in-person attendance of 224 (due to pandemic restrictions) and $1,152,588 in plate and pledge income.[3]

In 2020, following a gift from the family trust of the late John and Mary Alyce Merrow, a camera system with a dozen 360-degree-rotating cameras was installed. Online attendance has remained significant; during Advent and Christmas, 2022, on-line participation was 38,000 with an average attendance of 25 minutes.[4]

The church is home to the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, a choral ensemble comprising men and boys which performs music of the Anglican tradition at worship services and offers a full concert series during the course of the year. The men of the Saint Thomas Choir are professional singers and the boys are students enrolled at the Saint Thomas Choir School, the only church-affiliated residential choir school in the United States where the choristers make up the whole student body. Only three such schools remain in the world currently; the two Anglican Choir Schools are Saint Thomas Choir School and Westminster Abbey Choir School in the United Kingdom.

History[edit]

Broadway and Houston Street[edit]

On October 12, 1823, members of three Episcopal parishes in Lower Manhattan collaborated to organize a new episcopal church in New York. These included William Backhouse Astor, a wealthy Manhattan landowner; Charles King, later president of Columbia University; and jurist William Beach Lawrence.[5] The congregation came from Grace Church, Trinity Church, and St. George's Church.[6]

Saint Thomas Church was incorporated on January 9, 1824,[7] and the cornerstone of the new church building laid in July 1824 at the northwest corner of Broadway and Houston Street. The first church edifice opened in 1826 and was described as "the best specimen of Gothic in the city."[8][5][9] The location was the northern extent of developed settlement in Manhattan during the early 19th century. It was designed in a Gothic Revival style by architect Joseph R. Brady and John McVickar, professor of moral philosophy at Columbia College (now Columbia University).[10] The church was enlarged and remodeled in 1844 to accommodate a growing congregation.[10]

The first Saint Thomas's Church was destroyed by fire on March 2, 1851. The congregation built a new church at the same location, completed in 1852.[10] The character of the neighborhood at the corner of Broadway and Houston, the southeastern corner of Greenwich Village, broadly speaking, had "degenerated into anchorage for cheap dance halls and 'concert salloons'" by the 1860s. This led to the congregation seeking to relocate.[11][5]

Move to midtown[edit]

A third church was built from 1865 to 1870 at the corner of 53rd Street and Fifth Avenue based upon a design by Richard Upjohn and his son Richard Michell Upjohn.[10] The cornerstone for the new church was laid on October 14, 1868.[12][6][13] Two years later, on October 6, 1870, the congregation moved into its new home.[12][6] This structure, in a neighborhood at the time dominated by the mansions of Manhattan's upper class, featured a prominent 260-foot (79 m) high tower and a bas-relief reredos by Augustus Saint-Gaudens and murals by John LaFarge.[10][14] Though the new Saint Thomas's was a parish church, its location and design evoked that of a cathedral.[15]

The third building was also the site of many high society weddings and funerals, including that of Consuelo Vanderbilt to Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough, the first cousin of Winston Churchill.[16] This structure was destroyed by fire on August 8, 1905.[6][17] Only the tower remained from the third church.[10] The congregation built a 1,200-seat chapel on the rest of the site.[18]

Current church[edit]

The fourth and current church, designed in 1906, was built from 1911 to 1913 to a design by Ralph Adams Cram and Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue of the architectural firm of Cram, Goodhue and Ferguson.[14] The cornerstone was laid on November 21, 1911, and the new building opened to congregants on October 4, 1913.[6] It was consecrated on April 25, 1916.[17][14] The design by Cram and Goodhue won an architectural competition to build the new Saint Thomas Church, winning over entries by George Browne Post and Robert W. Gibson.[19]

The 1906 San Francisco earthquake had so shocked the church's rector, Rev. Ernest M. Stires, that he rushed the accumulated balance in his parish's building fund to aid the stricken city. The public responded in kind to his generosity with unsolicited gifts that more than replenished the fund.

Cram and Goodhue are also noted for having designed Saint Bartholomew's Church on Park Avenue and East 50th Street, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Amsterdam Avenue and West 110th Street, the chapel and a large portion of the campus at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, the Princeton University Chapel at Princeton University and the Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago.

September 11 ministry[edit]

In the wake of the September 11 attacks in 2001, Saint Thomas Church reached out to the British expatriate community in recognition of its Anglican heritage. This culminated in an interfaith service held at the church on September 20, 2001. The service was addressed by Prime Minister Tony Blair and broadcast live in its entirety throughout the United Kingdom. On October 28, 2002, the rector of Saint Thomas Church, Andrew C. Mead, was made an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. The honor was conferred at a ceremony at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.[20]

Rectors[edit]

Rector Years as Rector
1. Cornelius Roosevelt Duffie 1824–1827
2. George Upfold 1827–1831
3. Francis Lister Hawks 1831–1843
4. Henry John Whitehouse 1844–1851
5. Edmund Neville 1852–1856
6. William Ferdinand Morgan 1857–1888
7. John Wesley Brown 1888–1900
8. Ernest Milmore Stires 1901–1925
9. Roelif Hasbrouck Brooks 1926–1954
10. Frederick Myers Morris 1954–1972
11. John Gerald Barton Andrew 1972–1996
12. Andrew Craig Mead 1996–2014
13. Carl Francis Turner 2014–present

Architecture[edit]

Saint Thomas Church c. 1889 (third church)
Flamboyant limestone rose window.

The present church, a New York City designated landmark, was designed by a partnership of Ralph Adams Cram and Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue. Lee Lawrie designed the sculptures and decorations.[18] It measures 214 feet (65 m) long and 100 feet (30 m) wide.[21][22] The church building rises 95 feet (29 m).[22]

Facade[edit]

Saint Thomas Church has plain ashlar limestone exterior surfaces in the French High Gothic style.[21] The church's asymmetrical main elevation on Fifth Avenue is divided into three sections, reflecting the interior divisions. The nave is slightly off-center, with a wide chantry to the south and a narrow aisle to the north.[22]

Main entrance[edit]

The main entrance, which leads to the nave, is flanked by large buttresses.[21][18] The entrance portal contains niches with sculptures.[22][23] The center of the portal is divided vertically by a trumeau with a sculpture depicting Thomas the Apostle.[24] There are three sculptures on each side, depicting six of the apostles.[23] These sculptures, part of the original plan, were not installed until 1963.[24] There are gilded low relief panels above the main doors, which depict the congregation's four buildings.[25]

Above the portal are more sculptures, interspersed with small windows.[22][23] These depict the six remaining apostles as well as Mary Magdalene and Martha. Decorative archivolts above these niches and windows contain depictions of Thomas the Apostle's life, the sacraments, and the gifts of the holy spirit.[23] These in turn are topped by more figures of saints. The entrance is topped by a large rose window with a tetramorph in low relief.[25]

Other sections[edit]

To the left (south) of the main entrance, there is a square tower at the southeast corner of the church, facing Fifth Avenue and 53rd Street.[21][18] The tower has a simpler design than the main entrance, with band courses and other horizontal design features that relate to the main entrance's design.[22] At the top is a bell tower, which was cited in 1940 as having 25 chimes.[17]

To the right (north) of the main entrance is a narrow section of wall, leading to the north aisle.[22] The northern entrance contains a depiction of Ernest M. Stires holding a model of the current church. Stires was the rector when the church was completed.[25]

The southern elevation contains five bays, which are separated by buttresses.[22] Next to the square tower, in the easternmost bay, is an entrance to the chantry.[22][25] Above the entrance there are motifs relating to the sanctity of marriage.[25] The other bays contain stained glass windows in the chantry. To the west is the gallery, which contains five bays of tripartite windows made of stained glass. The three center bays of the gallery contain an arcade of three arched doorways.[22] The buttresses contain sculptures of ancient leaders and philosophers.[25] Above the four windows in the chantry and the five windows in the south gallery are nine recessed clerestory windows, illuminating the top of the nave.[22]

To the west of the main church is the parish house, which is a separate structure.[22][18] The parish house is five stories tall and contains an oriel window in its eastern bay, separating it from the rest of the church. The entrance to the parish house is on 53rd Street; it was originally at the rear of the gallery arcade. The roof of the parish house is covered in lead.[22]

Stained glass[edit]

The high altar and reredos of Saint Thomas Church designed by architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue (1869–1924) and sculptor Lee Lawrie (1877–1963)

The first stained glass window placed in the fourth Saint Thomas Church structure was designed by Nicola D'Ascenzo, an Italian-born American stained glass artist. The window was designed in 1926 and completed and installed in 1927. The last window, designed and installed in 1974, came from the Willet Stained Glass Studios, headed by E. Crosby Willet and founded by William Willet. Both those studios were located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the time of the fabrication of their windows for Saint Thomas Church.

James Powell & Sons (Whitefriars), Ltd, of London, secured a contract for the remaining windows in the present church structure, including all except one of the clerestory windows.[26][25] Each window measures 32 feet (9.8 m) tall and 18 feet (5.5 m) wide and depict biblical figures interacting with notable American bishops.[27] The windows for the present structure were designed beginning in 1929 by English stained glass artist James Humphries Hogan, who also the main American sales agent for the firm. He labored from 1926 to 1928 to acquire the commission for the Saint Thomas Church windows. Hogan's son, Edmond Humphries Hogan, designed some of the windows, including those in the Rector's office. The actual fabrication and installation of the Powell & Sons windows was not completed until 1970, but most of the windows were designed by Hogan before his death in 1948. Five windows were designed and completed after his death: one in 1950, one in 1954, two in 1959, and one in 1970. Those windows were the work of another Powell & Sons artist, Edward Liddall Armitage.

In 2007, conservation began in earnest on all the stained glass windows in the present structure. It took ten years and $20 million to renew the splendor of 33 windows, with their 9 million pieces of glass. The restoration was completed in February 2017.

Interior[edit]

The interior surfaces are made of sandstone.[21] Saint Thomas Church is characterized by a high main arcade, an open triforium, and a clerestory.[17] The narthex, just inside the main portal, was originally decorated with symbols of four classical elements, four seasons of the year, and four angels. After World War II, these were replaced with motifs that represented peace and honored those who were killed in the war. These motifs include mosaics on the floors as well as an altar at the north end. The narthex and nave were initially separated by an oak screen, which was replaced in 1961 by glass.[25]

At the front of the narthex is a parapet with eight mosaics. The four mosaics on the left depict symbols of the church, while those on the right depict major events in the history of the United States.[28] There is also an octagonal pulpit made of oak.[26][28] The pulpit is surrounded by statues of preachers. Above it is a sounding board depicting prophecies of the Old Testament.[28] The lectern of the pulpit is also inlaid in wood.[26] Ornate wooden carving is placed around the rest of the chancel, including on the choir stalls, altar rail, and kneeling rail. The altar rail also has a bronze grill flanked by oak carvings of angels. There is an organ screen that depicts notable organists.[28]

The elaborate reredos, gifted by the family of Harris C. Fahnestock, was designed by Goodhue and Lawrie and executed by the Ardolino Brothers.[17] The reredos contains niches with depictions of saints, prophets, reformers, and Christian dignitaries.[17][26] It is 80 feet (24 m) high, covering the west wall of the chancel, and consists of more than 60 stone figures relating to the discovery of Thomas the Apostle.[28]

The church's superstructure is built of stone and originally did not contain any steel reinforcement.[21][22] This contrasted with many other buildings from the early 20th century, which tended to be steel-framed. The architects believed that, if the church was designed in the Gothic style, then its superstructure had to be built the same way.[21] In 1925, eleven years after completion, the north wall of the church was found to be bulging dangerously and hidden steelwork added. The construction of the New York City Subway's 53rd Street Line in the 1930s prompted additional steel under the altar and massive reredos as a precaution.[22]

Acoustics[edit]

The architects realized that the sound associated with a Gothic look would not work for a more sermon-focused Protestant service. Wallace Sabine, founder of the field of architectural acoustics, was hired to reduce reverberation in order to make the sermon more intelligible. Sabine avoided changing the church's aesthetic by hanging panels and drapes to absorb sound. Instead he worked with Rafael Guastavino Jr. to create Rumford tile, a ceramic tile with porous surfaces that absorb sound. The church was among the first to be acoustically engineered for environmental control.[29]

Worship[edit]

The style of worship at Saint Thomas Church has varied greatly over the history of the parish. Beginning with the rectorship of John Andrew in 1972, however, it has informally followed the Anglo-Catholic or high-church tradition within the Episcopal Church that developed out of the Oxford Movement. This was further developed under the rectorship of Andrew Mead. Sunday services include Low Mass, High Mass, and Evensong, and Solemn Mass on Christmas, Easter and major feast days. Special liturgies and processions are held for Advent, Epiphany, Candlemas and Holy Week. The Litany is sung in procession in Advent and Lent. For masses at the High Altar, the Church uses a variation on the three traditional sacred ministers ad orientem, however as with many other Anglo-Catholic parishes that do not look to Tridentine Rome for liturgical cues, many of the unique traditional roles of sacred ministers are not currently in use--the "Deacon" and "Subdeacon" function mostly as concelebrant priests. The two sacred ministers who are not celebrating the mass essentially vest and act as priests in tunicles. The readings are not chanted. The choir of men and boys sing most Sundays in term time and, if there are no visiting choirs during the school vacation, the gentlemen of the choir sing the services. The church uses traditional language for many of its services on Sundays and weekdays and the King James Version of the Bible is used at Sunday choral services and at Choral Evensong and Solemn Mass on feast days during the week. Rite II of the BCP1979 is used for the 12:10 pm mass Mondays to Fridays. In Lent 2015 Shrine Prayers were started at the image of Our Lady of Fifth Avenue and intercessions are offered at noon after the Angelus Mondays to Saturdays; these intercessions may be left in the church or submitted online via the church website, and many prayer requests come from around the world every week. Confessions are heard each Saturday from 11:00–11:45 am. Since 2021, the 9 am Sunday mass has become a Low-Church Novus Ordo-type children and family focused service, using Rite II and ad populam altar placed in the Choir. A robed children's outreach choir called the Noble Singers and composed of local girls and boys sings at the 9 am service. Once a month, a Sunday mass is offered in Korean Language. The church is open every day of the year.

Music[edit]

Choir of Men and Boys[edit]

Boy choristers of the choir performing in the church

Music is an important component of worship and liturgy at Saint Thomas Church. It follows in the Anglican tradition of the all-male choral ensemble. The choir's primary function is to provide music for five services each week, as well as an annual concert series sponsored by the church. In addition, the choir has toured throughout the United States and Europe, with performances at Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, London, King's College, Cambridge, and the Aldeburgh Festival. In 2004, the choir toured Italy and received a papal audience at the Vatican.

In 2005, the choir toured in the southern United States, with a benefit concert in New Orleans. Upon returning to New York, they performed in Saint Matthew Passion at Carnegie Hall. Other appearances have included performances at Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, and alongside artists such as Jessye Norman and Plácido Domingo. In addition, the choir gave the world-premiere performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem, which was subsequently televised internationally by the BBC. The choir was also featured in a recording of Carly Simon's "Let the River Run".

The boy choristers reside at Saint Thomas Choir School, founded in 1919 and the only church-affiliated boarding choir school in the United States. In 2007, there were three tours to Mexico City, Baton Rouge along with other domestic cities, and a tour to the United Kingdom in the early summer.

The choir typically records and releases one CD a year.

Organs[edit]

Interior, 2013

Musical offerings at Saint Thomas Church are enhanced through three organs. The Arents Memorial Chancel Organ, which has been replaced with the Irene D. and William R. Miller Chancel Organ in Memory of John Scott, was initially built as the "Opus 205" of the Ernest M. Skinner Company of Boston, Massachusetts, in 1913.[2] This organ, which was revised in 1945, boasted 4 manuals and 77 ranks. In 1956, the organ was rebuilt, as "Opus 205-A", by the Aeolian-Skinner Company by G. Donald Harrison (died 1956), who died before the work was completed. This rebuilding expanded the organ to comprise 172 ranks. With damage to the reredos and the organ due to construction of the Museum of Modern Art, the church's immediate neighbor on West 53rd Street, Gilbert F. Adams of Brooklyn was contracted in 1969 to repair and rebuilt the organ. This revision decreased the number of ranks to 156. Further revisions were completed in the early 1980s by Mann & Trupiano. With the exception of the Trompette-en-Chamade, located under the Rose Window above the narthex, the entire instrument of the Great Organ was located in the church's chancel. The now-dismantled Great Organ featured an Electro-pneumatic and electric-slider stop and chest action, a Solid-State combination action, 4 manuals, 158 ranks and 9,050 pipes.[10][30]

The Loening-Hancock Gallery Organ was built as "Opus 27" of Taylor & Boody Organbuilders of Staunton, Virginia, in 1996 to honor Gerre Hancock for 25 years of service to Saint Thomas Church. Located in the gallery beneath the church's Rose Window, this organ features a mechanical key and stop action, 2 manuals, 25 stops, and 32 ranks. Its case sports fumed white oak with pipe shades gilded in 23 carat gold.[31] Its predecessor, the Loening Memorial Organ, dedicated in memory of Hermine Rubino Leoning, was built by Gilbert F. Adams in 1969 and featured 4 manuals, 59 stops, and 90 ranks.[31]

The Martha J. Dodge Positiv Organ was built and installed in December 2001 by Taylor & Boody Organbuilders. This organ consists of 5 ranks, and is used as a continuo organ.

Miller-Scott Organ[edit]

On October 3, 2008, Saint Thomas Church announced its Vestry's decision to replace the aging Arents Memorial Chancel Organ with a new instrument. The announcement noted that as part of a substantial renovation effort to the church, a new instrument from Dobson Pipe Organ Builders of Lake City, Iowa, would be installed to replace the current instrument. Plans called for the retention of the especially ornate 1913 organ case-front and console cabinetry and, to better respect the church's well-developed neo-Gothic design aesthetic, the elimination of visible organ pipes added above the choir stall canopies in the 1956 rebuild.

The Irene D. and William R. Miller Chancel Organ in Memory of John Scott, dedicated on October 5 and 7, 2018, is one of North America's most significant new pipe organs. In addition to supporting the parish's internationally renowned liturgical and musical life, the Miller-Scott Organ serves as a showcase for recitalists from all over the world and helps Saint Thomas train the next generation of organists.

The new organ contains 7,069 pipes, a number of which are from the former instrument. Fifteen sets of pipes, including some of the largest existing wooden ones, have been rebuilt and reinstated; these include the very softest sounds, several flutes and strings, and some specialty trumpet stops. Much of the design and decoration form for the new organ case are derived from precedents throughout the rest of the building, and Gothic revival style in general. In the 1913 north organ case, imagery is taken from Psalm 150: trumpet and lyre, string and cymbal. The new organ case takes as its decorative program the themes of music, ministry and praise. Carved texts include "Soli Deo Gloria" and quotations from the Psalms. Major carvings depict symbols of the Four Evangelists, and there are portraits of persons important in the recent life of Saint Thomas Church, including former directors of music Gerre Hancock and John Scott, Rector Emeritus Fr. Andrew Mead, and Irene and William Miller, whose benefaction was central to the creation of the Miller-Scott Organ.[32]

Organists[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ a b Collins, Glenn (April 15, 2008). "A Gigantic Job for Window Fixers". New York Times. Retrieved April 15, 2008. Now, in the most expensive restoration of stained glass ever undertaken in the United States, conservation is under way on the famous Whitefriars windows of St. Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. It took ten years and $20 million to renew the splendor of 33 windows, with their 9 million pieces of glass.
  3. ^ "Explore Parochial Trends". Episcopal Church. Retrieved December 3, 2022.
  4. ^ Report of the Communications Department to the Vestry, January 25, 2023
  5. ^ a b c "Nightfall, St. Thomas Church, Broadway, New York". Painting the Town. Museum of the City of New York. Archived from the original on December 18, 2006. Retrieved November 8, 2006.
  6. ^ a b c d e Reynolds 1994, p. 120.
  7. ^ About the Church at the Saint Thomas Church website, (no further authorship information available), accessed November 8, 2006.
  8. ^ Koke 1982, p. 114.
  9. ^ Perris, William. Plate 57, Maps of the City of New York, Vol. 5 (New York: Perris & Browne, 1854)
  10. ^ a b c d e f g St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue – Great Organ Archived March 23, 2007, at the Wayback Machine from the website of the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (no further authorship information available), accessed December 31, 2006.
  11. ^ Miller 1990, p. 95-96.
  12. ^ a b Wright 2001, p. 260.
  13. ^ Saint Thomas's Parish (New York, N.Y.) (1920). Year Book of Saint Thomas's Parish, New York. Epiphany. p. 8. Retrieved April 28, 2022.
  14. ^ a b c Middleton 2003, pp. 222–225.
  15. ^ Wright 2001, pp. 260–261.
  16. ^ "'Consuelo and Alva': An Early Story of Celebrity" at Fully Authorized by Karen Grigsby Bates, at National Public Radio's website, accessed November 8, 2006.
  17. ^ a b c d e f Inventory of the Church Archives of New York City: Protestant Episcopal Church, Diocese of New York. Inventory of the Church Archives of New York City, Protestant Episcopal Church, Diocese of New York: New York, Bronx, Richmond. Historical Records Survey. 1940. p. 73. Retrieved April 28, 2022.
  18. ^ a b c d e "St. Thomas Church" (PDF). New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. October 19, 1966. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
  19. ^ The Midtown Book: Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue at The City Review Published by Carter B. Horsley, no further authorship information available, accessed November 8, 2006.
  20. ^ "Four Americans receive Honorary British awards" (Press Release October 28, 2002)--Google Cache of British Embassy website—accessed November 8, 2006.
  21. ^ a b c d e f g Reynolds 1994, p. 122.
  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o National Park Service 1980, p. 2.
  23. ^ a b c d Reynolds 1994, p. 123.
  24. ^ a b Reynolds 1994, pp. 122–123.
  25. ^ a b c d e f g h Reynolds 1994, p. 124.
  26. ^ a b c d National Park Service 1980, p. 3.
  27. ^ Reynolds 1994, pp. 124–125.
  28. ^ a b c d e Reynolds 1994, p. 125.
  29. ^ "Reverb: The Evolution of Architectural Acoustics". 99% Invisible. November 14, 2016. Archived from the original on June 27, 2020. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  30. ^ Aeolian-Skinner Archives: Opus 205-A Archived December 5, 2006, at the Wayback Machine, from the Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company website, from the shop notes and specifications of Allen Kinzey (no further authorship information available), accessed December 17, 2006.
  31. ^ a b Gallery Organ, Saint Thomas Church at NYCAGO.org Archived March 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, from the website of the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (no further authorship information available), accessed December 17, 2006.
  32. ^ "Saint Thomas Church – Music – The New Organ". www.saintthomaschurch.org. Archived from the original on April 1, 2010.
  33. ^ "New Director of Music Appointed | Music | Saint Thomas Church". www.saintthomaschurch.org. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  34. ^ "Press Release: Embargoed Friday, October 19, 2018" (PDF). www.jeremyfilsell.com. Retrieved November 25, 2018.

Sources[edit]

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]