Church of the Epiphany (Roman Catholic, Manhattan)

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Coordinates: 40°44′14″N 73°58′55″W / 40.737099°N 73.981926°W / 40.737099; -73.981926

The Church of the Epiphany
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General information
Town or cityManhattan, New York City
CountryUnited States
Construction startedChurch: 1965
Rectory: 1936[1]
CostChurch: $1,200,000 (1965)
Rectory: $50,000 (1936)[1]
ClientRoman Catholic Archdiocese of New York
Design and construction
ArchitectChurch: Belfatto & Pavarini
Rectory: Robert J. Reiley[1]
Church of the Epiphany, Manhattan

The Church of the Epiphany is a parish church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, located at 373 Second Avenue at the corner of East 22nd Street, in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.


The parish was established in 1868; 151 years ago (1868),[2] and its first church was designed by Napoleon LeBrun, built in 1869–1870,[3] and dedicated on April 3, 1870.[4] This church burnt down in December 1963.[3]

The current church was designed by Belfatto & Pavarini and built in 1965–1967 for $1,200,000[1] ($9,000,000 in current dollar terms), on the same lot as the previous church. The seating is distributed closely around the main altar, supporting the liturgical reforms of Vatican II.[5] In 2000, the AIA Guide to New York City called this church: "the most positive modernist religious statement on Manhattan Island to date."[6]

A four-story brick rectory was built at 239 East 21st Street in 1936, designed by Robert J. Reiley.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Office for Metropolitan History, "Manhattan NB Database 1900–1986," (Accessed December 25, 2010).
  2. ^ Remigius Lafort, S.T.D., Censor, The Catholic Church in the United States of America: Undertaken to Celebrate the Golden Jubilee of His Holiness, Pope Pius X. Volume 3: The Province of Baltimore and the Province of New York, Section 1: Comprising the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn, Buffalo and Ogdensburg Together with some Supplementary Articles on Religious Communities of Women.. (New York City: The Catholic Editing Company, 1914), p. 325.
  3. ^ a b Dunlap, David W. (2004). From Abyssinian to Zion: A Guide to Manhattan's Houses of Worship. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 0-231-12543-7., p. 65.
  4. ^ "A New Catholic Church" New York Times (April 4, 1870).
  5. ^ The Church of the Epiphany: Adversity Builds A Church (1967), p. 11.
  6. ^ White, Norval & Willensky, Elliot (2000), AIA Guide to New York City (4th ed.), New York: Three Rivers Press, ISBN 978-0-8129-3107-5, p. 211.