This building housed a congregation of the Dutch Reformed
Church, a descendent of the original settlers' church in New York. As
such, the Dutch Revival building links the European traditions of a
Dutch congregation founded in New Amsterdam with the new spirit of
The clear separation of functionally distinct building elements, along with the unique use of colors and materials attracts the attention of passersby. The church's stepped gables, thin brick walls, and colorful stone, terra-cotta and Dutch tile ornament consciously draw upon Dutch traditions which were popular at the time. The most immediate source for the building is a 17th century meat market in Haarlem, The Netherlands.