The Little Church around the Corner
The Church of the Transfiguration was first referred to as the “Little Church around the Corner” in 1870 when actor Joseph Jefferson was facing difficulty in organizing the funeral of his friend, fellow actor George Holland. Rev'd Dr. Lorenzo Sabine would not allow the funeral of an actor at his church, and told Jefferson that "there is a little church around the corner where they do that sort of thing". Jefferson is said to have exclaimed, "God bless the Little Church around the Corner" and that sparked the beginning of a close bond between the Little Church and the theatre community.
This relationship eventually led to the founding of the Episcopal Actors' Guild in 1923. Actor George Arliss was elected as the guild’s first president, and noteworthy actors who have been a part of the guild include Charlton Heston, Peggy Wood, Joan Fontaine and Rex Harrison just to name a few.
The Church of the Transfiguration was named a New York City landmark in 1967 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.