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Churches worth seeing, III

June 12, 2009

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Christ Church : Duanesburg, N.Y.
(Diocese of Albany)
Built from 1792-93. Incorporated as “Christ’s Church” in 1793 and consecrated that year by Samuel Provoost, the building stands on land given by the first post-Revolutionary mayor of New York, James Duane, who is buried beneath the church. It is the least-altered pre-Tractarian Episcopal church in the state: below, note the centrality of the pulpit and reading desk (believed to have been designed by Christopher Wren), and the relegation of the communion table to the sidelines. A notable bit of living history, the church is well worth seeing.

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