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Saint Peter's Church

619 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10022 40.758451 -73.97089
at 54th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-935-2200 Send to Phone

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  • Type: Performing Arts Venues, Religious Sites
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Official Website

saintpeters.org

Hours

Daily, 8am-8pm

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 51st St.; E, M at Lexington Ave.-53rd St.

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Viewed from the South, Saint Peter's somber granite structure appears to defy the hulking Citigroup building which stands cantilevered above—a pleasing irony given that the church (built in 1977) exists only because Citigroup bought the air-rights overhead. Inside, the church expands downward from its fortress-like exterior. While a huge skylight bisects the roof, the main sanctuary and offices are situated below street level with an off-Broadway theater seating 178 lying underneath that. In the modernist sanctuary, designed and decorated by Vignelli Associates, a red oak ceiling, cheerfully patterned, cushioned pews, white walls, and an enormous organ combine to create a sense of openness in tune with the progressive Evangelical Lutheran congregation. St. Peter's supports an extensive music program: an excellent choir, a Bach festival, a series of weekly jazz and classical music concerts, and a Jazz ministry. The church's large collection of art features works by Louise Nevelson, Kiki Smith, and Dale Chihuly. Rotating shows in the reception area further testify to the church's well-known devotion to the arts.

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The Chapel of the Good Shepherd was designed by Louise Nevelson whose signature white-painted wooden sculptures invoke contemplation.

Religious Services
Hours for mass are Sundays at 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. and 11 a.m. to noon, weekdays from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m., and Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A Spanish Mass is held on Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jazz Vespers are held on Sundays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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