Union Church of Pocantico Hills

Arts, Artists, & the Hudson River School

What appears from the outside to be a simple stone country church contains fine examples of modern stained-glass art commissioned as memorials by members of the Rockefeller family. Henri Matisse’s rose window, in shades of vivid yellow, light green, and blue, was the artist’s last work. He finished its design—including the selection of its colors and the exact type of glass—just two days before his death in 1954. It was fabricated under the supervision of his daughter and is dedicated to Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, a patron of modern art and a founder of the Museum of Modern Art, in 1956. Nine years later, Marc Chagall’s huge “The Good Samaritan,” saturated with a deep blue, was installed in the church’s nave as a memorial to John D. Rockefeller Jr. Chagall went on to design eight smaller windows, seven on Old Testament themes and one inspired by the New Testament, within the sanctuary. The church still houses an active congregation.

Amenities: Family Friendly, Restrooms