Spem in Alium: A phoenix at forty
Posted 9/21/2018

St. John's in the Village--SanctuaryOn a hot and windy night in 1971 a blaze, possibly begun by an arson attack, struck up on what we now call the corner of West 11th Street and Waverly Place. The fire consumed the 19th century Greek-revival church on that corner, which had been the home of the Episcopal congregation of St. John’s in the Village since the 1850s.

There was much debate as whether or not to rebuild a church on this site, given the high value of the real estate in that part of Greenwich Village, even in the 1970s. But, arising like a phoenix from its own ashes, St. John’s Church was rebuilt by a pupil of Frank Lloyd Wright, local architect Edgar Tafel. More...

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