History of Calvary Baptist Church New York

History of Calvary Baptist Church New York

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: The Church Edifice. It is situated on the north side of Fifty-seventh Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. The site is one hundred and sixty feet front, by one hundred feet and five inches in depth, and its cost was 0,000. The main building stands on the west side of the lot, and the chapel is in the eastern wing. The entire front of the edifice, including the chapel, is one hundred and forty-eight feet; the rear is one hundred and sixty feet, and the depth, one hundred feet, five inches. The material below the water table is Albion red sandstone ; above it is Lockport stone, and is rock- faced. This stone is hard and firm, almost equal to granite and is regarded as among the most desirable kinds of stone in use for a church building, The color is a light gray, and is warm and agreeable. The trimmings are of a similar color, and are from the quarries at Berea, Ohio. The style of architecture is the Early Decorated English Gothic, which flourished in England in the latter partof the thirteenth century, and the early part of the fourteenth. The general appearance is solid and massive. It is severely simple in its sparse exterior ornamentation, and stands out on the line of the street in bold prominence. On the line dividing the main building from the chapel is a tall tower terminating in a graceful spire, two hundred and twenty-nine feet high. This is stone to the top, where it is surmounted by a stone cross. At the base of the spire proper is an original and most effective treatment, consisting of four short turrets connected with dormer windows between them by Hying buttresses, and guarded at the foot by conventional gargoyles carved in stone. The front of the building is broken by five porches, the two center ones at the left of the tower, together with the main…

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