Historic All Saints Church — known as the “St. Patrick’s of Harlem” — is about to be offered, The Publish has realized.
The Catholic Archdiocese of New York shuttered the church in 2015 and the landmark constructing, together with its adjoining faculty and parish home, which occupy a complete block, have stood empty since.
A spokesman for the Archdiocese wouldn’t present any particulars on the pending sale.
“There is no such thing as a closing settlement in place; issues are in course of,” stated Joseph Zwilling, a spokesman for the Archdiocese.
The church at East 129th Avenue and Madison Avenue dates to 1883 and was designed by James Renwick Jr., the architect behind St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Smithsonian Establishment’s “fort constructing” in Washington, DC.
“Among the many many church buildings he designed throughout his lengthy profession, the Church of All Saints has been known as his finest,” town’s Landmarks Preservation Fee stated in its 2007 report declaring the church, faculty and parish home as landmarks.
The Gothic Revival church has an enormous rosette window above its foremost entrance, much like the facade of St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue, and a particular bell tower. The bell was inscribed “Queen of All Saints, pray for us.”
All Saints’ first parishioners had been Irish immigrants they usually numbered within the 1000’s. However attendance dwindled lately with only a reported 100 coming per week. The college was closed in 2011 and the parish merged with the Church of St. Charles Borromeo on West 141st Avenue in 2015.
“Our establishments will not be meant to be museums or relics, stored merely due to their structure or fashion,” Zwilling instructed the Wall Street Journal.
The Landmarks Preservation permitted a church proposal in 2019 to take away crosses, iconographic stained glass together with two Tiffany home windows and different gadgets thought-about sacred on the constructing so the Archdiocese might “de-consecrate” the constructing and promote it. The Archdiocese stated it might retailer the gadgets for future potential use.
An LPC spokesman stated the fee was unaware of any pending sale.