Divine Design: Religious Architecture and Community in Yorkville

The Upper East Side is home to an extraordinary array of divine designs. In conjunction with the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s 9th Annual Sacred Sites Open House, architectural historian and preservation consultant Gregory Dietrich will lead us through some of the area’s most eclectic ecclesiastical architecture!


As we make our way around the eastern portion of this area known as Yorkville, we will visit a vast array of houses of worship that once catered to immigrant groups that settled in the area including Germans, Irish, Czechs, and Hungarians. Since these styles are as diverse as the communities that called the Upper East Side home, this tour will explore both sacred buildings and community buildings in the neighborhood. We’ll consider why the Upper East Side was so ripe for a profusion of religious architecture, and how each immigrant community expressed its identity through its sacred sites. In partnership with the New York Landmarks Conservancy Sacred Sites Open House


Free to the public, advance registration is required.


  • May 19, 2019
  • 11:00 am