Dec 23, 2018 • 12:15 pm

Gail Crane and Derek Maddalena

Kirkland Chapel


Historical & Architectural Tour of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church

Who created the mosaic above the Fifth Avenue entrance? How did they air-condition the Sanctuary in the 19th century? Is it true that our clock tower was once the tallest structure in Manhattan? Come learn the answers on this insider’s tour of our 143-year-old church. 

This insider’s tour of our Victorian Gothic church continues to be a popular draw for newcomers and longtime members alike. Gail Crane—an experienced docent and a member of the church for more than half a century—shares the history and architectural details of the Sanctuary (1875) and Kirkland Chapel (1925). Derek Maddalena, director of facilities, escorts our more intrepid tourists up inside the attic and clock tower, where you get a close-up view of the Sanctuary infrastructure and the 19th-century clockworks that are in still use after 143 years.

Visitors to the attic and clock tower are advised to wear flat, preferably rubber-soled shoes.

The insider's tour will be offered again in the winter and spring of 2019. Watch for new dates to be announced. On all other Sundays (excluding Easter), docent-led tours of the Sanctuary, Kirkland Chapel and the Gallery take place following the 11 am worship service, starting from the rear of the Sanctuary. Saturday morning tours are offered during Lent and Advent. Click here for full details on our tour schedule.

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