This Gothic Deco building located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 90th Street was designed by architect Hardie Phillip. The spacious interior is open plan and allows visitors to admire the entire space from all angles. Church of the Heavenly Rest also hosts Candlelight—the widely popular concert series featuring tributes to timeless composers, contemporary artists, and more.
If you have yet to behold this stunning landmark, then you can get there by take the 4, 5, or 6 subway lines to 86th Street station. You can also use bus lines near Madison Avenue and 90th Street, and then walk to the church.
Facts, Curiosities and Interesting Things about Church of the Heavenly Rest
1. Major renovations
An electrical fire in 1993 resulted in major renovations taking place at the church. As a result, the space was fitted with a new organ console, English-made choir stalls, re-voiced organ pipes, and, rather poetically, the vaulted ceiling was repainted with stars representing Heaven.
2. Let there be light
The stained glass windows in the Arts & Crafts style at Church of the Heavenly Rest let the light in. Fortunately, the church’s neighbors are low-rise so plenty of sunlight shines through the rose window and arched West Window.
3. Let there be music
This congregation has valued the role of music for a long time. With this principle in mind, it comes as no surprise that the church is home to two pipe organs. The Nave Organ is a 137-rank Austin Organ with over 8000 pipes and a 5-manual console built by Guilbault-Therien of Quebec. And the other Austin pipe organ is in the Chapel of the Beloved Disciple.
Candlelight concerts at Church of the Heavenly Rest
One of the most unique ways to appreciate the striking features at this storied church is by attending an intimate Candlelight performance. From Fleetwood Mac’s legendary hits to Vivaldi’s eternal and timeless four-part masterpiece, The Four Seasons, these mesmerizing concerts cover a wide range of genres. Don’t miss out on a memorable evening out in the city.
What else can you do at Church of the Heavenly Rest?
As well as attending weekly services, visitors can discover a variety of events and programs taking place at the church. Thrift sales, Wednesdays for Everyone, and back to school celebrations are some of the activities hosted at CHR. You can also look into some great seasonal music activities such as the Music & Arts Camp, annual Christmas pageant, and join the handbell choir group.
Not only is the Candlelight series illuminating CHR, but it is also bringing its signature sea of candles to several other venues across the city. Discover some of New York’s finest venues while benefitting from the calming influence of an enchanting live music performance.