As required by contract, this church was built to replace the 1870's Gothic Revival church razed during the construction of the Citicorp building. An abstract tent-like structure, the church design echoes the geometry of the adjacent skyscraper. Its granite-clad steel exterior shelters an airy skylit interior containing elements of Gothic form adorned with the work of modern sculptors such as Louise Nevelson. Home to a small congregation with important ties to the jazz community, the modest church is dwarfed, both literally and figuratively, by its mammoth corporate neighbor.


St. Peter's Church
Lexington Avenue and 54th Street, Hugh Stubbins & Associates (architects), Massimo Vignelli (interior design), Louise Nevelson (designer-sculptor) [1977]