The Space

 

Saint Peter’s Church is intended as a place of hospitality and welcome, an affirmation of God’s work in midtown Manhattan.

 
 

Architects / Hugh Stubbins and W. Easley Hamner
Designers / Vignelli Associates

Building Completed / 1977
Landmarked / 2017

Architecture

Hugh Stubbins and W. Easley Hamner were the pioneering architects for midtown Manhattan’s groundbreaking corporate/church/public complex formerly called Citigroup Center.

The result of this progress was a home for Saint Peter’s, and also CitiBank. The current urban complex stretches the entire city block between Lexington and Third Avenues and 53rd and 54th Streets and includes an office tower, an atrium, a public plaza, a low-rise office building and the church building. While integrated, the Sanctuary is free-standing.

Design

The design of the building is by Vignelli Associates. The exterior, as well as the interior floor and baptismal font, are of Caledonia granite. The interior employs red oak, steel and a consistent beige paint schema. All furnishings, including those that are in some way fixed, are also moveable or modular in order to facilitate a variety of arrangements.

In the words of the designers: “The interior program for Saint Peter’s Church required a high degree of flexibility. Beyond its normal liturgical functions, the church doubles as a concert hall, theater and conference hall.”