I came across this lovely church while driving through Beacon and stopped to take a closer look. According to Wikipedia:

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located in Beacon, New York, United States. The church complex of four buildings and a cemetery takes up a 12-acre (4.9 ha) parcel between Wolcott (NY 9D), Rector, Phillips and Union Streets. It was founded in 1832 as a religious school that soon became St. Anna’s Church of Fishkill Landing.

The church and rectory were built in 1869 from a design by Frederick Clarke Withers, who later on considered the former one of his best buildings. The Gothic Revival-styled building strongly reflects contemporary Ecclesiological theories of appropriate church architecture. Despite some modifications and restoration, the buildings and grounds have remained largely as they were when first built. The church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008 as “St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Complex”.

Withers designed a number of building in and around Beacon and all of them are well worth a look: Tioronda (Craig House); Tioronda School; Reformed Church of Beacon

Dedication over the front porch.

Crucifix and graveyard (designed by Henry Winthrop Sargent who also laid out the church buildings)

I arrived just before a service and chatted with one of the priests. He told me that this medallion over the front porch depicts a winged bull, the symbol of St. Luke.

Modern addition to the Parish House. I liked the geometrical shapes. It’s almost abstract.




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