Union Church of Pocantico Hills, Pocantico Hills

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.
Dr. 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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  • A small non denominational church which had been used by the Rockefeller’s in the past has a wonderful Matisse rose window completed 3 days before his death and 10 other stain glassed windows by...  more »
  • Beautiful stained glass windows by Matisse and Chagall. Amazing what endless Rockefeller money can buy:). Go with the afternoon sun and you will be enchanted.  more »
  • The stain glass windows are a must. Beautiful quaint Pentecostal church. The tour talks about all the different windows and early afternoon sun comes in the main back window making it look like it's 3-D. No pictures are allowed inside was the only bummer.
  • Marc Chagall has created art on the windows in the church. The windows are very beautiful and this place is something that you have to see. The fee is 7 dollars.

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