Museum Planet presents a comprehensive narrated digital tour of Grace Episcopal Church on East 10th St. in New York City.
Consecrated in 1846, Grace Church was designed by James Renwick Jr. Grace was an outgrowth of Trinity Church and it was built for the 'uppertendom' - the wealthy ten thousand. Society names like Lorillard, Schermerhorn, Rhinelander, and Stewart were members of the congregation. The famous author Herman Melville was a neighbor.
There was a controversial show-business side to the church too: Tomb Thumb, P.T. Barnum's 'midget,' was married there.
Grace Church has works by the best artist craftsmen in America; Ellin & Kitson, John Massey Rhind, Clayton & Bell, Nicholas Lorin, Charles Booth, Henry Holiday, and Mary Tillinghast are just some of the artists who worked on Grace Church.
The tour is better than a large and well-researched book. Museum Planet takes you there: 54 photographs, 11.5 minutes of audio and 6,531 words, plus biographies.
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- June 18, 2014 Initial release