Church of the Holy Communion
49 W 20th Street, Richard Upjohn [1846]

Designed in a rustic Gothic Revival style, this modest church was built for an Episcopalian congregation when the neighborhood was a remote, second-rate residential district surrounded by fields. Its asymmetrical composition, brownstone construction and simple ornament all function to emphasize its picturesque character. The Medieval details on the church and rectory echoed those of an nearby group of row houses which were a rare example of Gothic Revival residential architecture in the city. Saved in the 1960s by a landmark designation sought by its last minister, the Church building has since been used as a drug rehabilitation center and, subsequently, as a dance club called the Limelight.

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