Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church: Organ Tour
1:00 pm
2:30 pm
1:00 pm
2:30 pm
Carl Pfeiffer, 1875

Step inside one of New York's last remaining Gilded Age treasures. Completed in 1875, the church predates the nearby St. Patrick's Cathedral (1878) and Plaza Hotel (1907). The stunning ceiling of this Victorian Gothic masterwork rises six stories above the floor. The 1,800-seat Sanctuary contains no iconography (in keeping with early Presbyterian austerity) and no right angles; the curvature of the balcony and pews draws all eyes to the impressive pulpit.

The Organ Tour will be led by Patrick Kreeger, associate organist. Patrick (a doctoral candidate at The Juilliard School) will demonstrate the power and finesse of the church's Austin organ, installed in 1961. The organ has five keyboards, 32 foot-pedal stops and 7,034 pipes, a combination that gives the instrument a rich and powerful voice. Visitors may have an opportunity to try out the organ themselves!

Saturday & Sunday Tour Info: Organ tours will last approximately 45 min.

Access Notes: The choir loft is only accessible by stairs.

 

Reservations for this tour are now sold out. Interested in exploring sites with historic Austin Organs? You may also enjoy the Church of the Annunciation, home to an "Opus 288" that dates back to 1912, which requires no reservations! Click on the site’s name to check out its Open Access listing.

 

Image credit: Heidi Russell

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