St. John the Evangelist Church // 1900

St. John the Evangelist Church in Schenectady, NY is probably the most imposing church I have ever seen (outside of European cathedrals). The church began in 1898 when Monsignor John L. Reilly purchased land across from Union College’s campus to erect a new church. He began collecting donations to fund a church suitable for Schenectady, and visited Europe to seek inspiration for the design. He worked with architect Edward Loth of nearby Troy, NY on the design which resulted in this massive 120’x130′ structure. The stone church has a small tower at each of its four corners with a central spire reaching 230′ high. The center spire was constructed of steel and glass to cast light onto the sanctuary below (sadly has been replaced with a metal roof). This is definitely one of the more memorable churches I have ever seen! What do you think of it?

4 thoughts on “St. John the Evangelist Church // 1900

  1. Alain Munkittrick May 16, 2021 / 10:27 am

    Wow, it is somewhat abstract in its design; proto-modern gothic?

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  2. lmerdmann27 May 16, 2021 / 12:17 pm

    What an extraordinary church! Your tour of Schenedtady has made me want to visit sometime en route to the Adirondacks from Boston. Your entries are really helpful, but they often could use proofreading and a little more attention to details (e.g., you want a comma between the state and the rest of the sentence: Lake Placid, New York, is a …). (I’m not sure who worries about these issues, so not sure whom to address.)


    • Buildings of New England May 16, 2021 / 12:49 pm

      Thank you for the kind words. More Schenectady posts coming up! It’s hard to research, photograph and write these posts consistently, so some typos slip through.


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