Monday, March 29th, 1948

The Protestant Center was Created

“The purposes of this corporation shall be to establish an interdenominational center in New York City to assist the work of the various religious denominations, to promote cooperation among them, and between them and other charitable, religious, missionary, and educational organizations.”

Tuesday, September 14th, 1954

General Board of the National Council of Churches

Votes to establish headquarters in New York City.

Friday, May 13th, 1955

Trustees of The Protestant Center

Trustees of The Protestant Center passed a resolution recording the decision to construct joint headquarters building on the Riverside Drive site “Barnard Block”. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. through the Sealantic Fund, made available the entire block.

Monday, June 18th, 1956

The Interchurch Center

The Protestant Center name was changed to The Interchurch Center in order to be more inclusive, and reflect its ecumenical nature.

Sunday, November 17th, 1957

Groundbreaking Ceremonies are Held

After a worship service in James Memorial Chapel at Union Theological Seminary, the congregation moved in procession to the future site of the Center, where under an architectural rendering of the building, the first soil was turned. Excavation of the site began shortly after the ground breaking ceremonies.

Thursday, January 2nd, 1958

Construction of the Site

Monday, February 3rd, 1958

Construction of the site 1957-1960.

Tuesday, July 1st, 1958

Construction of the Site

Monday, August 4th, 1958

Construction of the Site

Tuesday, September 2nd, 1958

Construction of the Site

Wednesday, November 5th, 1958

Construction of the Site

Sunday, October 12th, 1958

Eisenhower Laid the Cornerstone

President Dwight D. Eisenhower laid the cornerstone for The Interchurch Center. National leaders of denominational and inter-denominational agencies, representatives of the Morningside Heights community and of the New York churches took part in the ceremony. In his address, President Eisenhower described the cornerstone as symbolizing a “prime support of our faith, the truth that sets men free.” A sealed cooper box within the cornerstone contains important historical documents.
The Cornerstone is a two and one-half block of Alabama limestone at the northwest exterior of the Center. Embedded in it is a smaller stone, gift of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America, with the inscription: “This stone is from Agora in Corinth where many hearing Paul believed.”

Sunday, October 12th, 1958

The Cornerstone

Tuesday, January 6th, 1959

Construction of the Site

Tuesday, February 3rd, 1959

Construction of the Site

Tuesday, February 3rd, 1959

Construction of the Site

Wednesday, March 4th, 1959

Construction of the Site

Wednesday, March 4th, 1959

Construction of the Site

Wednesday, May 6th, 1959

Construction of the Site

Monday, July 6th, 1959

Construction of the Site

Thursday, October 1st, 1959

First Tenants

The National Council of Churches becomes the first tenants to move into the building.

Sunday, May 29th, 1960

Dedication Ceremonies

Dedication ceremonies were held to mark the official opening of the building. Known as ‘Dedication Sunday’, the day began with worship and thanksgiving in Riverside Church. The assembly then processed over to The Interchurch Center’s main entrance, fronting Riverside Drive. There, in solemn ceremony, the keys to the building were formally bestowed upon the Center’s director, Rev. Samuel McCrea Cavert, and other officials by representatives of the architects and builder. A forty-foot ribbon across the entrance was cut by Mr. Edmund F. Wagner, President of the Board of Trustees, and the Center was formally declared open to tenants and visitors. A scroll of appreciation was presented to John D. Rockefeller III in honor of his Father’s John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s contribution to The Interchurch Center.

Monday, June 6th, 1960

Construction of the Site: Chapel

Monday, June 6th, 1960

Construction of the Site: Hardin Wood Carving

Monday, June 6th, 1960

Construction of the Site: The Narthex

Sunday, February 14th, 1965

Hunger and Poverty Exhibition

Friday, May 14th, 1965

Exhibit Brochure

Friday, June 16th, 1967

Chapel Dance Program

Friday, August 30th, 1968

Announcement of New 911 System

Friday, December 2nd, 1983

JFK Death in December 1983

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Where the Cornerstone Came From

Greece is where the cornerstone came from.