Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception– The walking tour starts with the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Eagle Street. It is a Roman Catholic Church that opened its door in 1852. It is in the architectural style of Gothic Revival. Bishop Mccluskey established the Cathedral. The Cathedral was built for 250,000 (today it would be equivalent to about $6.5 million).
St. Peter’s Episcopal- Next the walking tour will lead you to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on State Street. The church’s first established in 1715, it was the first Anglican congregation to come this part of the Hudson River. In 1803 the original building was destroyed and by 1878 was completed. The design takes on a French Gothic Revival Architectural style that was created by Richard UpJon and his son Richard M. UpJohn. The church was deemed as a National Register of Historic Place in 1972. Five years later is became a National Historic Landmark.
Historic St. Mary Church- The tour makes it way to the Historic St. Mary Church on Lodge Street. This church is a Roman Catholic church that was built in 1870 with a Italian Romanesque Revival architectural. Created by Charles C. Nichols and Fredrick Brown. St. Mary’s was part of the earliest Catholic missionary world that was established in the New World. After becoming a church in the 19th century it has gone through two different reconstruction, caused by the increase of the immigration population.
First Church in Albany- Next stop will be the First Reformed church or it also was called the North Dutch Church located on North Pearl Street. In 1656 it was a dedicated church, build with huge stone. It was called the “Blockhouse” because it was also used for a defense structure in case of an attack. Phillip Hooker was the architect. In addition to the church Hooker also was the architect for Albany Academy, City Hall and for the original State Capitol building.
The Cathedral of All Saints- Next up is the Cathedral of All Saints, located on South Swan Street. William Croswell Doane was the first Bishop of the Cathedral. The Cathedral was also called the Pioneer Cathedral. It was built of Gothic Revival Architectural style by Robert W. Gibson who designed many churches in and around NYC.
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Google map estimates that the tour of the churches of Albany will take 29 minutes to complete.
The themes of my walking tour is the churches of Albany. Other themes that I will be showing the architecture of the church and the influence of the European culture that was brought over when the New World was being settled. The potential audience for this walking could be everyone, but more specifically the religion community of the capital district. Sunday School teachers could take there students to these churches to show how the different religion there in within Albany. This tour could be have the potential of an easier field trip for elementary teachers in the Albany School District. The First Church of Albany was created while Henry Hudson was first establishing Albany. I took also think that this tour will attract people who are interest in the architecture of Albany, the impact the Europe had on these churches. One of the big take away of this walking tour will be the diversity of religions that were established here in Albany.
What religion denomination had influencing power within Albany during the 19th century?
What there other architectural style architects were influences by?
Are there other churches that were popular during this time but are no lower around?