An official Path Through History Site! The Riverside Church is interdenominational American Baptist and United Church of Christ church in New York City, famous for its elaborate Neo-Gothic architecture and its history of social justice. Modeled after the 13th Century cathedral in Chartres, France, and built by John D. Rockefeller Jr., the Riverside Church is a stunning gothic-inspired cathedral, welcome to all. Riverside’s 20-floor tower contains the 74-bell Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon with the largest tuned bell in the world. Influential on America’s religious and political landscapes for nearly 90 years, Riverside is currently led by Rev. Dr. Amy Butler. Tours of the church, located where the Upper West Side meets Harlem, are available.