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Union Church of Pocantico Hills

555 Bedford Rd, Route 448, Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-1215
+1 914-366-6900
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Right in my own backyard

I have lived in Westchester County for 22 years and I finally just got to see this quaint little... read more

Reviewed 19 July 2017
7Lisal
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New York City, New York
Great art!

Beautiful art! Great and very informative guided tour! You cannot miss it. There are nine stained... read more

Reviewed 8 July 2017
MSAWWW
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New York City, New York
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This unassuming country church contains a stained glass window by Henri Matisse, his last work of art, and nine windows by Marc Chagall.The works create a dramatic combination of light and color, art and spirituality.Visitors marvel at the colorful rose window created for the church by Henri Matisse. The design for the window was his last work of art before his death in 1954. The commission, spearheaded by Nelson A. Rockefeller, honors the memory of his mother, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. Mrs. Rockefeller, one of the founders of the Museum of Modern Art, admired Matisse, collected his work, and entertained him in her home in New York City.The glorious Good Samaritan window by Marc Chagall is a memorial to Abby Aldrich Rockefeller's husband, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Their son David Rockefeller masterminded the commission in 1963, which later expanded to include all eight windows in the nave of the church. They memorialize, among others, Michael Clark Rockefeller, Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, Peggy Rockefeller (Mrs. David Rockefeller), and Mary Rockefeller (Mrs. Laurance Rockefeller). Chagall and members of the Rockefeller family carefully selected the subject matter for the windows from Biblical texts.The enthralling story of the windows, and how they came to be here, is the story of relationships among distinguished patrons and collectors of modern art, two great 20th-century artists, and the leading connoisseurs and tastemakers of the day.
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555 Bedford Rd, Route 448, Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-1215
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Reviewed 19 July 2017

I have lived in Westchester County for 22 years and I finally just got to see this quaint little church. It is on the famed Rockefeller preserve and was visited by David Rockefeller very frequently up until his passing a few months ago. There is...More

Thank 7Lisal
Reviewed 8 July 2017

Beautiful art! Great and very informative guided tour! You cannot miss it. There are nine stained glass windows from Marc Chagall, and one from Henri Matisse. That alone makes this a must see.

Thank MSAWWW
Reviewed 7 July 2017

This is a fun stop to complete a family or couples day exploring the area. If you are hitting many attractions and spots, you cannot miss this to round it all out and understand the history of the community.

Thank jwreed12
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

Many years ago, I had gone to this little church. I was recently in Tarrytown and made the trip with friends to view it again. I am so glad I did! If you like Matisse and Chagall, you will be amazed at the powerful, fantastically-designed,...More

Thank Linda S
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Guided tour is a must!!!! Small church with beautiful windows. These windows can only be appreciated from the inside. You must do a tour to understand meaning behind the beautiful windows.

Thank kmr47
Reviewed 5 May 2017

I've known of Kykuit , but had never heard about this church and the windows that the family commissioned with Chagall and Matisse. The docent Jill did a very nice, patient tour and answered everyones questions.Very well worth visiting

Thank rugosaNewHaven
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Pocantico Hills is located up the hill from Tarrytown, NY which is beside the Tappen Zee Bridge. The uniqueness of the church is in the stained-glass windows which were designed by Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall and that the Rockefeller family were members of this...More

Thank mcarr0ll27
Reviewed 8 March 2017

this is an old beautiful church with lots of History and architecture. Nice place to visit on a sunny day.

Thank Angel B
Reviewed 21 November 2016

This was a lovely place to visit that adds to the whole Sleepy Hollow/Kykuit experience. I thought the windows were stunning but of course I am a big fan of Chagall. The story behind the windows was interesting and well related by the docents during...More

Thank NellieBamaBly
Reviewed 10 November 2016

Drove up from the city with a friend and her mom who uses a cane to walk. We wanted to see the stained glass Chagall windows while coming up for Hudson Valley restaurant week. We were running late for our reservations so explained we couldn't...More

Thank LAFAMILLEG11231
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