Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
John Welch, 1891

The Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew is the largest Episcopal Church building in the Diocese of Long Island. Architect John Welch was commissioned to design the church after a fire in 1887 destroyed much of the structure. Welch drew inspiration from churches built during the Italian Renaissance, particularly those in Modena and Verona. Many of the windows were commissioned for the church from the Tiffany Studio. The wheel or rose window was given by the children of the Sunday school at the time of the rebuilding in 1890. It is 28 feet in diameter and is one of the larger windows of this type in Brooklyn. In 1981 the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew as a landmark.

Funded through a NYCDEP Green Infrastructure Grant, the new green infrastructure network for the Church captures, stores, and recycles on-site stormwater to protect the foundation of the historic building from flooding, while sustaining new public gardens and walkways. The pilot project demonstrates how multiple green infrastructure installations can work together to maximize water harvesting for onsite use, and overall water retention and infiltration. The project includes pervious pavers, two rain gardens, disconnected roof leaders, and a rain harvesting system.
Church architecture tours with docents; Green Infrastructure tours with WE Design (times TBD)

Since the first OHNY Weekend in 2003, this site is one of almost 50 have participated for 10 or more years. When you visit, please thank them for championing an open city! To see a full list of 15th Anniversary sites, click here.

 

Image Credit: Kilgub via Flickr