"The Trial of Christ"
Grace's altar window, picturing "The Trial of Christ," was created by John Bolton, who was, by profession, an architect and designed the Bartow-Pell Mansion in Pelham Bay. He later gave up architecture and became an Episcopal clergyman, ordained at Christ Church, Pelham. John fashioned his window after a version made by William for the church of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity in Brooklyn. In 2016, this historic window was removed and restored, through grants from the Diocese, and private donations.
If you look upward into the rafters at Grace Church, you will see evidence of craftsmanship of a different kind---that of ship-building, for the church was constructed by carpenters from the nearby David Carll shipyard, the first yard of its kind on City Island. The architecture of the church is termed “carpenter Gothic,” a popular late Victorian style. If you can imagine the church being upside down, you will see that the configuration of the beams resembles that of a ship’s hull. David Carll was a vestryman of the church for 24 consecutive years, from 1866 to 1889.
In 2007 Grace Episcopal Church was named to the National Register of Historic Places for its architectural and historical significance. In 2008, during the replacement of the church roof, Grace's original wooden cross was removed and donated to the City Island Historical Society and Nautical Museum. In its place are two new handmade crosses, constructed of wood and copper, which will be enduring symbols of God's grace for future generations.
The Rev. John Bolton