SS. Cyril, Methodius, and Raphael's Church (New York City)
|The Church of Saints Cyril & Methodius and St. Raphael
(Formerly the Church of St. Raphael)
|Architectural style||Gothic Revival|
|Town or city||Hell's Kitchen / Clinton, Manhattan, New York|
|Country||United States of America|
|Construction started||1900 (for church)
1900 (for dwelling house)
|Completed||1902 (for church)|
|Cost||$90,000 (for 1900 church)
$25,000 (for 1900 dwelling house)
|Client||Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York|
|Structural system||Structural masonry, Red brick with stone trim and Manhattan schist facade, also described as having "marble."|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||George H. Streeton of 289 Fourth Avenue (for 1900 church & dwelling house)|
The Church of Saints Cyril & Methodius and St. Raphael. is a Roman Catholic parish church in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, located at 502 West 41st Street in Hell's Kitchen / Clinton, Manhattan, New York City, near the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel. It was established in 1974 from the parish merger of St. Raphael's Roman Catholic Church and SS. Cyril & Methodius and is staffed by the Franciscan Friars. The church is located in the former St. Raphael's Church. It is the city's Croatian American parish.
The church building and "dwelling house" (used as a rectory) was built between 1900 and 1902 ("in marble" according to some) as the Parish Church of St. Raphael to the designs by the New York architect George H. Streeton for $90,000 (for the church) and $25,000 (for the dwelling house). The twin-towered design and front facade is composed of Manhattan schist trimmed with limestone; the rest of the church is brick trimmed with stone.
George Kilgen and Son of St. Louis, Missouri, are listed[who?] as repairing or replacing an electro-pneumatic action organ for the church in 1932. That earlier organ may have been built by Lewis Condit Harrison of L.C. Harrison & Co. of Bloomfield, New Jersey. Harrison is listed as having "built or rebuilt an organ at St. Raphael's Church" before he retired in 1909.
St. Raphael's Parish (1886-1974)
The Parish of St. Raphael was established in 1886 to serve the Irish Catholics of Hell's Kitchen. In 1892, the parish was listed as being located at 509 West 40th Street. The decline of the neighborhood reverted St. Raphael's from parish status to a mission of Holy Innocents Church. The Rev. James A. Dunningham, an armed forces chaplain, was transferred to St. Raphael's in 1919.
SS. Cyril and Methodius and St. Raphael's Parish (1974-present)
in 1974, the two parishes, St. Raphael's and the nearby Croatian Roman Catholic parish church of SS. Cyril and Methodius, merged creating the present name. Now known as Saints Cyril and Methodius and St. Raphael's Croatian Catholic Church, the parish church is the former St. Raphael's Church building, which has also been renamed.
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