Our Lady of Lourdes Church (Manhattan)

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Church of Our Lady of Lourdes
Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Manhattan, New York.jpg
An image of the church in 1914
40°49′24″N 73°56′54″W / 40.82324°N 73.94827°W / 40.82324; -73.94827Coordinates: 40°49′24″N 73°56′54″W / 40.82324°N 73.94827°W / 40.82324; -73.94827
Location463 West 142nd Street
New York, New York 10031
CountryUnited States
DenominationRoman Catholic Church
Founder(s)The Rev. Joseph H. McMahon
DedicationOur Lady of Lourdes
Architect(s)Peter B. Wight (facade), Cornelius O'Reilly[1]
Architectural typechurch
StyleVenetian Gothic & Gothic Revival
Construction cost$80,000[3]
ArchdioceseNew York
DivisionVicariate of North Manhattan
Pastor(s)Rev. Gilberto Angel-Neri

The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes is a parish church in New York City, under the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of New York, located at 463 West 142nd Street between Convent and Amsterdam Avenues in Manhattan.


The parish was established in 1901 under the authority of Michael Corrigan, the Archbishop of New York,[4] to serve the growing Catholic population of the Hamilton Heights neighborhood. Corrigan assigned the task to the Rev. Joseph H. McMahon, who had just served as a curate at St. Patrick's Cathedral for the previous fifteen years.[5]


The church was built in 1902-04[2] at the cost of $80,000[3] to the design of Cornelius O'Reilly of the O'Reilly Brothers firm.[1] The building combined discarded elements of three recently demolished structures, which McMahon was able to obtain at a bargain:

The church, which has been called "one of the oddest buildings in New York",[6] was designated a New York City Landmark on July 22, 1975.[7]

  • Bricks from the cathedral was used to construct the church

The parish established a school in 1903 which was staffed by the Ursuline nuns. Ten years later a larger school was constructed, which was also served by the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus.[4]

Current status[edit]

Today the parish serves a congregation of African Americans, Dominicans, Ecuadorians, Eritreans and Mexicans, among others.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f 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.164
  2. ^ a b c d e White, Norval; Willensky, Elliot & Leadon, Fran (2010), AIA Guide to New York City (5th ed.), New York: Oxford University Press, ISBN 9780195383867, p.315
  3. ^ a b Office for Metropolitan History, "Manhattan NB Database 1900-1986," (Accessed 25 Dec 2010).
  4. ^ a b c Lafort, Remigius. 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.358.
  5. ^ a b "Church of Our Lady of Lourdes". The New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
  6. ^ a b c New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission; Dolkart, Andrew S.; Postal, Matthew A. (2009), Postal, Matthew A. (ed.), Guide to New York City Landmarks (4th ed.), New York: John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 978-0-470-28963-1, p.196
  7. ^ a b New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. "Our Lady of Lourdes Designation Report" (July 22, 1975)