St. Peter’s is a vibrant, inclusive and diverse neighborhood parish. The church was founded in 1693 in the Village of Westchester.
The Gothic Revival Church building, the third building to occupy the site, stands on the footprints of the original Westchester town hall. Both the church and the nearby Foster Hall were designed and built between 1853-1855 by Leopold Eidlitz, a Czech architect known best as the architect of the Metropolitan Opera House, the New York State Capitol (the Assembly Chamber and vault) in Albany, the New York County Courthouse (“Tweed Courthouse”), Temple Emmanu-el and the Broadway Temple. He worked for three years in the offices of Richard Upjohn. In 1877, a fire destroyed part of the church and it was rebuilt, somewhat altered, by Leopold’s son, Cyrus.
The nave peaks at seventy-five feet above the floor and is complete with transepts. A working ten-bell chime, cast in 1923 by the Meneeley Bell Company of Troy, N.Y., is in the copper-spired stone tower. The nearby Sunday school and chapel building (now called Foster Hall) exemplify High Victorian Gothic design and the cemetery contains many gravestones from the 18th century.
St. Peter’s Church, complex and cemetery were designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1976 and listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1983. We think of our buildings and grounds as gifts given to us by our forbearers to be shared with others. Our doors are open to all people.
We offer many opportunities for spiritual growth, fellowship and ministry for both children and adults. Some of these opportunities include an Adult Choir and Children’s Handbell Choir, the SMArts program, Movie Nights and a Love Closet, Pantry and Kitchen which serve our community.
We trust that you will find a warm welcome whether you are visiting or looking for a spiritual home.