Church of the Heavenly Rest
The front of the church above the entrance reads in heavy Gothic type "They shall come from the east and the west and from the north and from the south and shall sit down in the Kingdom of God. And ??? ??? are last which shall be first and ??? are first which shall be last. There is one body and one Spirit even as we are called in one hope of your calling. One Lord one faith one baptism. One God and Father of all who is above all and through all and is in you all."
Hardie Phillip (1888-1973) of Mayers, Murray & Phillip, the successor firm to Bertram Goodhue Associates designed the church. Goodhue (1869-1924) died before construction and Mayers, Murray & Phillip took over construction. The website of the NY Chapter of the American Guild of Organists describes Hardie’s design as “…distinctive but stripped-down neo-Gothic building with Art Moderne elements that contrast broad areas of Indiana limestone with large open areas filled with delicate Gothic tracery.” The interior features a massive reredos designed by Earl N. Thorpe and carved by Edward Ardolino, which rises 50 feet above the altar below the rose window designed by J. Gordon Guthrie. James Humphries Hogan designed the other spectacular stained glass windows. The church was dedicated on Easter 1929. The church seats 1,100 people. President Chester A. Author’s funeral took place at the church and Gloria Swanson’s ashes were interred there.