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Judson Memorial Church

55 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
(212) 477-0351/fax (212) 995-0844

by Katie Kramer


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On the southwest corner of Washington Square Park, at Thompson Street, Judson Memorial Church allows an adapted Renaissance style to creep into New York’s Greenwich Village. Built in 1890, designer Stanford White borrowed from early Italian Renaissance characteristics and, like many American architects of the mid-Victorian era, utilized Renaissance influences in structures conceived in the Italianate form. Judson’s seventeen stained-glass windows were designed by John LaFarge, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens conceived the marble frieze in the baptistery. Built by Dr. Edward Judson to commemorate his father, the church was intended to service lower Manhattan’s burgeoning immigrant classes. Today, Judson is home to an extremely liberal congregation deeply involved with social issues. The square architecture of Judson reflects early urban planning in the Mediterranean at the end of the Medieval era.


Congregational Mission
Building Stages
Contemporary Issues at Judson

Medieval Influences
Artistic Vision
The American Renaissance

Work of John LaFarge
Current Restoration Project


Photographs taken by Katie Kramer. Special thanks to research field assistant Stephanie Toti.

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