On looking for more information, I did find this additional block print of the same church, but with even less information: none at all, to be precise. No idea when it was made or by whom. But I don’t find it nearly as interesting, in any case.
As for the church itself, it was built on Fifth Avenue in New York City from 1869-72, was large, expensive, and highly fashionable, and lasted less than a century before being demolished in 1949 or ’52 to make way for a very unremarkable office building. This photograph shows much the same view as Salter’s wood block print, if it were cropped. Given the dates, the block print might have been made to commemorate the building
before demolition, as the congregation was already in trouble and closing its doors. Whether that was the artist’s intention or not, I’m glad this print was made in time.
[Pictures: Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas 5th Ave, woodcut by Salter, 1947 (Image from St. Nicholas Center);
unknown block print by unknown artist of unknown date (Image from Andrew Cusack);
Old Church Saved from Sale, photograph by Sam Goldstein 1946 (Image from St Nicholas Center).]