Christ Church Riverdale

Name:  Christ Church Riverdale

Address:   5030 Henry Hudson Parkway East, Bronx, NY 10471


Date:   1865-1866

Architect or Builder:  Upjohn, Richard M.

Style:  Gothic Revival

NYC Boroughs/Neighborhoods:   Riverdale

County:   Bronx

Special Activities:  Choir Performance/Concert, Guided Tours, and Self Guided Tours

Date/Time of Activities: Saturday 11:00a.m – 3:00p.m & Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Christ Church Riverdale (5030 Henry Hudson Parkway East) and The Riverdale Choral Society) will present American Made from Brooklyn to Riverdale featuring American composers: Copland, Wallach, Porter, Gershwin, Paulus, and Effingera at 3:00 PM on Sunday, May 6th.  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door.

Since 1964, the Riverdale Choral Society, a volunteer chorus, has been bringing joy to the community through performances of high-quality choral music. Through live concerts and community outreach, the chorus enriches the cultural life of the greater Riverdale area.

Befitting the suburban character of the Riverdale section of the Bronx, Christ Church Riverdale resembles a rural English medieval parish church.  Constructed in 1866 to the designs of Richard M. Upjohn, the church is an excellent example of both Gothic Revival country church architecture and Upjohn’s early commissions (he joined his father, architect Richard Upjohn, at the age of 18, eventually becoming his partner and then succeeding him.  The church features pointed stained glass windows in the semicircular apse, along the nave and in the transept ends. The church is of locally quarried stone and colorful brickwork characteristic of this Gothic Revival style. This is the 150th anniversary year of the Church.

Prominent New Yorkers associated with the parish include Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia (in whose memory two stained-glass windows were given), Yankees great, Lou Gehrig (whose funeral was here and in memory the side altar rail was given by Babe Ruth), and painter/printmaker Isabel Bishop Wolf. Christ Church is blessed to have a window by the French artist, Eugene Oudinot, Supper at Emmaus.

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