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St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Manhattanville, Manhattan St. Mary's Protestant Episcopa) Church in Manhattanville has been in continuous service for almost 175 years on its original site. In 1823, the village founders solicited the Rev. William Richmond, rector of St. Michael's in Bioomingdale, who had been conducting services in a mission schoo! in Manhattanville for three years, to help them organize this parish and a free school. A white wood frame church building with a steeple was constructed in 1824-26 facing Lawrence Street (today West 126th Street). Several generations of Manhattanville's founding families have worshipped at St. Mary's including Jacob Schieffelin, who laid out the village's roads, and his wife Hanna Lawrence, whose surname marked the street on which they donated the land to erect the first church building. In 1831, in deference to the poor constituents of its parish, St. Mary's abolished pew rentals, becoming the first "free pew" Protestant Episcopal church in the city. The parish house, when erected as a parsonage in 1851, housed the village's first resident clergyman. In 1890, St. Mary's commissioned a Sunday school building, now located at the rear of the church, by architect George Keister. In 1908-09, the frame church was replaced by the present English Gothic-style brick church designed by Theodore E. Blake with the prestigious Carrere & Hastings firm. Despite the urbanization of the surrounding area, St. Mary's complex of church, Sunday school, and white frame parish house surrounding a garden evokes the early days of the village of Manhattanville. History of Manhattanville A dormant geological fault line, perhaps assisted by an ancient channel of the Hudson River, probably forged the ravine that came to contain the village of Manhattanville. The first non-native settlement began around the mid-seventeenth-century as some Dutch villagers of Nieuw Haerlem made their way west across the island to this outlying valley they called Moertje David's Fly. Probably first used as pasture lots, the meadows sloped between the rim of Joachim Pieter's Hills (at today's West 134th St.) to the north and the steeper southern cliffs, spliced by a rustic path (today's St. Nicholas Ave.) that branched northwest off the Indian trail to Spuyten Duyvil, past the Bloomingdale road toward the Harlem Cove. It was along these southern hills in 1712 (after the English capture of Manhattan in 1664) that seven lots among New Harlem's first division of lands were delineated as farm properties. During the Revolutionary War period, the valley facilitated George Washington's retreat from the British on Long Island towards his headquarters at the Roger Morris House (Morris-Jumel Mansion, 1775, a designated New York City Landmark, West 160th Street and Edgecombe Avenue). The general induced the British to advance into the "Hollow Way," as the valley was then known, whereupon his own American troops drove them back, defeating them in the bloody Battle of Harlem Heights in a nearby buckwheat field just to the south (where Barnard College now stands) on September 16, 1776. During the War of 1812, the anticipation of British attacks resulted in the construction of a series of fortifications that, in the Manhattanville area, included Block House No. 4, on the present-day southeastern comer of West 123rd Street at Amsterdam Avenue, on the rocky outcrop of what is now Morningside Park's northern end, and the Manhattanville Pass (or Barrier Gate), a military checkpoint that straddled the Bloomingdale Road at present-day Broadway and West 123rd Street and which was commanded by Fort Laight at present-day Broadway and West 124th Street. In approximately 1806 city surveyor Adolphus Loss surveyed parcels of land and laid out streets. Some local landowners described Manhattanville as a developing village in the New York City's Ninth Ward. Building lots were being advertised for sale "principally to tradesmen" in this enclave that already boasted a "handsome wharf," "convenient Academy," and an "excellent school."" At this time the Corporation of the Common Council was laying out "wide and open" streets from the East River to the Hudson, where 300-ton vessels might lie in safety in the Cove/ Already underway were a two-story frame "house of entertainment,'"" a new marketplace, a daily inexpensive stage line as well as boat service commuting the eight miles between the city and village, and a ferry service to New Jersey. Most residents of Manhattanville were tenant farmers or factory workers, and the village bustled with the trade and traffic of several small industries that would eventually include the D.F. Tiemann color works, a worsted mill, and the Yuengling Brewery. Throughout the 1800s, Manhattanville's population increased and changed demographically. In 1823, about fifteen dwellings dotted the valley, which was populated mostly by poor British-Lynne's livingroom nook makeover
Interior design by Linda Lane with West Seattle couple. Complete renovation, walls, floor, windows, trim done by family members. Custom sofas and pillows. Prints from existing collection. Enlarged Tibetan Afganistan carpet pattern, from New Zealand Wool. This room is still in realization phase. Jewel tones to be added, and art. The cats scattered as I started photography of this room. I want to find a great green silk curtain set, and use a combination of the curtain color and style of the pillows and carpet style to create a thin washed wall painting on the inset wall. Right now the space is a little too formal and needs brighter colors and shapes to warm it up. This is just one section of this room and I am looking forward to having the entire thing complete. Love that hand set wood floor though, don't you?
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