Visit the Fish 2018

First Presbyterian Church of Stamford (aka The Fish Church)

1101 Bedford Street
Stamford, CT
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Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of The Fish.

 

Architect Wallace K. Harrison asked “have you ever thought what it would be like to live inside a giant sapphire?”  With more than 20,000 pieces of glass in 86 hues, the dalle de verre of the First Presbyterian Church in Stamford achieves his goal of creating a building with “soaring space and jeweled light”.  The acoustics of the sanctuary drove the form of the building, which resembles a fish, causing this building to be nicknamed The Fish Church.

 

Docent led tours will introduce the visitors to the unique sanctuary with more than 20,000 pieces of glass in 86 hues, the magnificent Visser Rowland organ and the 56 Bell carillon.  The carillon will be played throughout the day.  Throughout the day, James Wetherald demonstration the superior acoustics. 

 

This event is sponsored by Highland Green Foundation.

 

Interior photograph by Robert Gregson

 

Wallace K. Harrison was the lead architect of the Albany Empire State Plaza, United Nations Headquarters in New York City, Lincoln Center, the Trylon and Perisphere at the 1939 World’s Fair and the Hall of Science for the 1964 World’s Fair. He completed dozens of commissions in New York City and was Nelson Rockefeller’s personal architect. But upon completion of the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church in 1958, Harrison’s only religious building, he declared, “the church was the most satisfying job [he] ever worked on”.

 

The Harrison design follows the modernist architectural movement infusing form and function and features a revolutionary structural system that influenced many projects in Harrison’s oeuvre. The acoustics of the sanctuary drove the form of the building, which resembles a fish, causing this building to be nicknamed the Fish Church. The superior acoustics will be demonstrated by the Minister of Music who will be on hand for the tours.