“The first thing to note about this marvelous history of St. John's Church is the research. From start to finish the facts are meticulously assembled and clearly laid out to the reader. This alone makes the book worth reading. But it is far more than a collection of facts. It is the story--or rather the stories-- of St. John's Church that makes this book stand out as a true gem with very few equals in the annals of Church History.”

Harry S. Stout
Jonathan Edwards Professor of American Religious History
Yale University

“Sited importantly on its corner across from the White House, St. John's Episcopal Church has served both the famous and Everyman without interruption for nearly 200 years, its architectural evolution an index of the development of the capital itself. Historian Richard Grimmett tells the story of the "church of the Presidents" in St. John's Church: Lafayette Square with the painstaking accuracy of an experienced researcher. Flavored with personalities and rich anecdotes, this book begins life as a Washington classic.”

William Seale
author of The President’s House: A History.
Editor of White House History.

“Because St. John’s Church has been so closely associated with presidents, cabinet members, powerful insiders and Washington society, the appeal of this book should be broader than most parish histories. Many will find the political and ecclesiastical intrigues fascinating. Certainly anyone interested in the compelling historical details of a slice of Washington life would want to add the book to his or her library.”

Mary O. Klein
Archivist, Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.