St. Peter's Episcopal Church (Geneva, New York)

The original St. Peter's began as an Episcopal mission established in 1853. Bishop William H. DeLancey appointed Dr. James Rankine, who conducted services in a small wooden chapel in 1861. He served as first rector of the new St. Peter's church from 1861-1896 and also served as the president of Hobart (later Hobart and William Smith Colleges) from 1869 to 1871. Another president of Hobart, Dr. Maunsell Van Rensselaer also served as an early rector of St. Peter's Church.[1]

St. Peter's Episcopal Church
AffiliationThe Episcopal Church
LocationGeneva (city), New York
Architect(s)Richard Upjohn
StyleGothic Revival
Direction of façadeWest
MaterialsRed sandstone, stained glass, slate roof
[1] St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Original wooden St. Peter's Chapel, Geneva, New York

The cornerstone of the current large gothic structure, designed by the noted American architect Richard Upjohn was laid in 1868 and the church construction completed in 1870, when it was consecrated as a memorial to Bishop DeLancey, where his remains are interred. A large bell tower was added in 1878.[1] Most recently, in 1986, the church underwent a complete restoration and the St. Peter's Community Arts Academy was established.

Dr. James Rankine, first rector of St Peter's Church, Geneva, NY
Memorial for Bishop William H. DeLancey St. Peters Church, Geneva NY

From the Parish Records—Rectors of St. Peter's Church

  • The Reverend James Rankine, 1861 - 1896
  • The Reverend Maunsell VanRensselaer 1870 - 1871
  • The Reverend John Brewster Hubbs 1897 - 1914
  • The Reverend Kenneth Bray 1914 - 1924
  • The Reverend Ross R. Calvin 1925 - 1926
  • The Reverend Herbert Hawkins 1926 - 1928
  • The Reverend Howard Hassinger 1928 - 1944
  • The Reverend Norman Remmel 1944 - 1972
  • The Reverend Smith Lain 1972 - 1980
  • The Reverend James H. Adams 1981–present


  1. ^ a b Lewis Cass Aldrich; George Stillwell Conover (1893). History of Ontario county, New York. D. Mason & Co. p. 307. Retrieved 15 January 2013.

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Coordinates: 42°52′14.63″N 76°59′0.72″W / 42.8707306°N 76.9835333°W / 42.8707306; -76.9835333