Thirteenth Street Presbyterian Church

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The Greenwich Village church that threw a presidential election

By Andrew Berman of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Thu, January 11, 2018

The Thirteenth Street Presbyterian Church in 1902, courtesy of the New-York Historical Society, Robert L. Bracklow Photograph Collection

The stately church building at 141-145 West 13th Street in the West Village is the picture of serene elegance. Built in 1846-47 in the Greek Revival style, the classical balance and symmetry of the façade mask a history full of controversy, including the birth of a notorious slur in American politics, which arguably changed the outcome of a pivotal presidential election.

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