Church of the Ascension, Roman Catholic (Manhattan)

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Coordinates: 40°48′6″N 73°57′59″W / 40.80167°N 73.96639°W / 40.80167; -73.96639

Church of the Ascension
Ascension Church
Ascension RCC 107 St jeh.JPG
Location 221 West 107th St.
Manhattan (New York City), New York
Country USA
Denomination Roman Catholic
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Architect(s) Schickel & Ditmars[1]
Architectural type Church
Style Sicilian Romanesque of the Norman and Byzantine hybrid style
Years built 1896–7[1]
Completed 1897[1]
Archdiocese New York
Province Metropolitan Province of New York
Pastor(s) Rev. Dan Kearney
Organist(s) Preston Smith
Business manager John Norelli
Ascension School
General information
Town or city Manhattan, NYC
Country USA
Construction started school: 1911[2]
dwelling house: 1927[2]
Cost school: $120,000[2]
dwelling house: $100,000[2]
Client Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York
Design and construction
Architect parish school:
F. A. de Meuron[2]
dwelliing house:
Robert J. Reilly[2]

The Church of the Ascension is a Roman Catholic parish church in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, located at 221 West 107th Street Manhattan, New York City, in the Manhattan Valley section of the Upper West Side. The parish was established in 1895.


The elaborate midblock church, located on 107th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway, has an attached parish house, both designed in the Sicilian Romanesque of the Norman and Byzantine hybrid style and built between 1896 and 1897 to the designs by the esteemed American of German descent Roman Catholic church-building architectural firm of Schickel & Ditmars.[1] The parish has a four-storey brick and stone parochial school built by P. J. Brennan & Son, builders, in 1911 to designs by architect F. A. de Meuron of 31 East 27th Street for $120,000.[2] A five-storey brick dwelling house was erected at 218 West 108th Street in 1927 to the designs by architect Robert J. Reilly of 12 E 41st Street for $100,000.[2] The church was renovated in 1939.[1]


The Müller & Abel organ and organ case was built in 1898. Around 1900, a used two-manual pipe organ was installed in the Lower Church. Specifications of this organ have not yet been located.[1] During 1939 renovations of the lower church, a new two-manual pipe organ was installed in 1939 by the Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company, Inc. of Boston, Massachusetts, and replaced the Müller & Abel organ. "Sometime after 1970, the chapel was closed and the organ was removed."[1]

Notable events[edit]

The church has been the filming location for films and television shows, including Keeping the Faith (2000)[3] and as "Trinity Church" in the "Book of Hours" episode from the first season of White Collar (2009).[4]


The church website states about its outreach: "No matter your age, your race, your gender, or your sexual orientation, there is a place for you at Ascension....Come as you are, be who you are – your presence will enrich us."[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Church of the Ascension - (Roman Catholic) Archived 2010-03-08 at the Wayback Machine. New York City Organ Website (Accessed 9 January 2011)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Office for Metropolitan History, "Manhattan NB Database 1900-1986," (Accessed 25 Dec 2010).
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ White Collar Lexicon (Accessed 9 Jan 2011)
  5. ^ Church Website Ascension Church About Us Archived 2011-03-07 at the Wayback Machine. (accessed 3 February 2011)

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