New Utrecht Reformed Church, Brooklyn

New Utrecht Reformed Church, Brooklyn. Image 1

New Utrecht Reformed Church is one of the original churches of the Reformed Church in America and was established in 1677. The first church building was constructed in 1700 at Main Street (now Liberty Pole Boulevard, also 84th Street) just off 16th Avenue, on the site now occupied by the Metropolitan Baptist Church and right next to the New Utrecht Reformed Church Cemetery.

New Utrecht Reformed Church, Brooklyn. Image 2

The original church was an octagonal-shaped building with a tall spire. During the American Revolution (1775-1783) the British used it as a hospital and as a riding school. The present church sanctuary, using the stones from the original church, was built in 1828-29 at 18th Avenue and Liberty Pole Boulevard (also 84th Street). It is a rare example of a rural church in a picturesque setting in New York City. Like St. Augustine Church in Manhattan, built in the same year, its essentially Georgian design was superficially "Gothicized" by the addition of pointed-arch windows and pinnacles on the tower. Few ecclesiastical structures from this period exemplify this traditional style quite as handsomely and as well as this church. This church was one of the first buildings to be officially declared a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission on March 15, 1966 and both the church and the cemetery are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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1827 84th Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11214-2914