Photographer's Note

Located at 145 W 46th St, this is a very pretty church inside, but you give nothing from outside. I enter only by curious there. When I was taking photos I saw some people sleeping on the benchs.

About the church
The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, fondly called "Smokey Mary's" because of the use of incense in the services, is an Episcopal Anglo-Catholic church which is part of the Episcopal Diocese of New York of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America.

The church, which has been called "one of the finest Gothic-inspired designs of New York's late 19th century", was designated a New York City landmark in 1989, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

The cornerstone for the new church was laid on December 8, 1894, and the church was dedicated in 1895. The completed church was 60 feet (18 m) wide and 180 feet (55 m) long, and the nave was 80 feet (24 m) from floor to ceiling and 46 feet (14 m) wide. The chancel, at the north end of the building, was 48 feet (15 m) deep, terminating with the marble high altar moved from the former church. Complementing Le Brun's design were many sculptural decorations by J. Massey Rhind.

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