Loquis: Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church

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Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church


Published on:  2020-04-28 12:51:00


This church, located in Midtown Manhattan, has approximately 2,200 members and is one of the larger PCUSA congregations. The church, which was founded in 1808 as the Cedar Street Presbyterian Church, has been located at this site since 1875. FAPC has long been noted for its high standards in preaching and music and has been at the forefront of many movements, from the development of the Sunday school in the 19th century to its current leadership in homeless advocacy. In 2001 the church successfully sued the City of New York for the right to shelter homeless individuals on its front steps. The church’s historic sanctuary was the site of the 1910 wedding of Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., an event attended by his father, the former President, and 500 of his former Rough Riders; the 1965 recording of A Concert of Sacred Music by Duke Ellington and his orchestra, broadcast nationally by CBS television in 1966; and dance legend Frankie Manning's "rollicking three-hour memorial service" in 2009. Architecturally and historically, “Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church is famed for its sloping auditorium, its fine acoustics, its old gas brackets and reflectors. Instrumental in founding Princeton Theological Seminary, Presbyterian Hospital (now New York Presbyterian Hospital) and many a mission church, this grand house of God is often called the Cathedral of Presbyterianism.”

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