Union Church of Pocantico Hills, Pocantico Hills

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Union Church of Pocantico Hills is a historic church located at 555-559 Bedford Road in Pocantico Hills, New York. The church was built by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in 1921, as part of his plans to develop the town of Pocantico Hills, which was below his estate Kykuit. Upon the death of Rockefeller's wife Abby Aldrich Rockefeller in 1948, their son Nelson Rockefeller had Henri Matisse design the church's rose window in honor of her memory shortly before the artist's own death in 1954. When John D. Rockefeller, Jr. died in 1960, his children had artist Marc Chagall design a Good Samaritan window in his honor. It is a one story neo-Gothic style building with fieldstone foundation and walls and a slate covered, highly pitched gable roof. In 1930-1931, a parish hall was added to the east end of the church.On May 6, 2006, the church was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.OrganDr. David Rockefeller, members of the Rockefeller family, and members of the church commissioned organbuilder Sebastian M. Glück to design and build the Laurance Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Pipe Organ in 2006. It is based upon the organs of fin-de-siècle Paris, notably influenced by the work of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, and it complements the family's taste in the art of that era. It is used for public recitals as well as for church services.
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  • Union Church is a treasure in its own right - given its age, impressive architecture and rich history. Up until the late 1960's it was known as the Sunday gathering and worshipping place of the Rockef...  more »
  • You don't have to be religious to appreciate the interior of this church. The contrast of the relatively plain architecture of the walls and wooden pews set off the amazing handiwork of the eleven Mar...  more »
  • Very special windows by Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall. Matisse's Rose Window above the altar is magnificent and dedicated to the memory of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. The Chagall windows line the chape...  more »
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  • A very small church with an informative guide. No picture is allowed to take inside somehow so we just bought a post card for $0.50 each.
  • The Chagall windows are spectacular and well worth the entrance fee. Unfortunately the mandatory tour and Rockefeller hagiography detracts from the experience.
  • Wonderful church with very friendly stuff. Basically the church is piece of art. Very small but very well beautiful. There is tours with very knowledgeable guide.
  • We were very happy with the tour. The Chagall windows are amazing. We were just touring around Westchester County and stopped by the Church to see the sites. I did not realize the scope of the work and quality of the windows. This really should be a must see for everyone in the area. It was not a bad price; $7 each. Each of the windows are a work of art, combined they are something beyond. Plus, it is something to view them in their original environment.
  • Do not bother unless you have paid for a tour. You will be treated poorly.

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