4. A Stunning Seminary Hidden in Chelsea

General Theological Seminary
The General Theological Seminary. Photo by Ryan Muir/Chelsea Music Festival.

The General Theological Seminary has a stunning campus on the superblock bounded by 21st Street to the North, 20th Street to the South, 9th Avenue to the East and 10th Avenue to the West. You might miss it because it’s both elevated from the street and surrounded by walls. In 1817, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church decided to establish a “general theological seminary,” in New York City, that would serve the entire Episcopal church. Today, gorgeous historical buildings with stained glass and other details surround a lush courtyard. The seminary even had its own manhole cover design! The General Theological Seminary has been one of the main venues for the annual Chelsea Music Festival.

Some notable buildings at the General Theological Seminary include The Chapel of the Good  Shepherd. Consecrated, whose tower is modeled after Magdalen College at Oxford and the former Hoffman Hall, which is now the High Line Hotel. The Hall was used as a filming location in a scene from Billions.