The façade of the church is typical of Romanesque design, but our emblems, bas relief carvings, and motifs make it unique.
From the front elevation, four stories above the street, long slender columns are capped with the figure of an angel reading from the Word of God to all who pass below. The Nave window above the center entrance is symbolic of the Trinity, and so is divided into three separate openings.
To the left of the Nave window is the figure of the Griffin trampling a serpent representing the conquest of goodness over evil. To the window’s right, the figure of a lamb carrying the cross represents purity and meekness upholding truth. The two columns that divide the Nave window have finials with carvings; on one, the head of Christ; and on the other, the Lamb of God.
The central Rondel at the entrance carries the crowned figure of Christ with a book (the Word of God) in one hand. Surrounding the Rondel are symbols of the four Evangelists. The cherubs flanking either side are symbols of praise, thanksgiving, prayer, and piety.
Above the doorways are stone lintels in which are carved Biblical inscriptions and above these symbols representing the Twelve Apostles. The apostles’ symbols are emblematic of the way each died or was martyred. Over the east door: Bartholomew (knife); Simon (saw); Thaddeus (halberd and square), Phillip (small cross on staff); James the Great (three shells); John (serpent emerging from chalice). Over the west door: Peter (crossed keys); Andrew (diagonal cross); Thomas (square and spear); Matthew (ax); James the Minor (fuller’s club); Judas (bag of gold.) #manhattan #ny #newyork #nyc #romanesque #church #worship #unitedmethodistchurch #methodistchurch #building #architecturephotography #architecture #design #beautiful #flag #facade #19thcentury #parkavenue #nycphotography #nycphotographer #newyorkphotographer #usa #🇺🇸#instagood #picoftheday #twelveapostles #carving #emblem #inscription #symbol