Our Saviour Roman Catholic Church (Manhattan)

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Church of Our Saviour
Church of Our Saviour 59 Park Avenue.jpg
General information
Architectural styleRomanesque
Town or cityNew York, New York
CountryUnited States of America
Construction started1957
ClientRoman Catholic Archdiocese of New York
Design and construction
ArchitectPaul C. Reilly[1][2]
Our Savior Catholic Church, Manhattan

Church of Our Saviour is a Roman Catholic parish church in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, located at 59 Park Avenue and 38th Street in Manhattan, New York City. The parish was established in 1955 and the church was constructed from 1957 to 1959.[3][4]

In 2015 the parish of St. Stephen/Our Lady of the Scapular merged with the parish of Our Saviour. This included the Chapel of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary which had previously merged with St. Stephen/OLS.[5]


The church was designed by Paul C. Reilly, who was also known for his design of Manhattan theaters.[1][2] It was the first church built in New York City that was designed to accommodate air conditioning; the cooling equipment is hidden in the tower.[6]

The church of St. Stephen the Martyr contained a series of paintings depicting the Stations of the Cross executed by Constantino Brumidi, beginning in 1868. Brumidi's Stations have been restored and the frames regilded. In March 2016 they were installed in Our Saviour,[7] the parish church of the new merged parish of Our Saviour, St. Stephen and Our Lady of the Scapular, and the Chapel of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.[8]


In 2001, Father George Rutler was appointed pastor of the Parish of Our Savior[9]. He instituted the Tridentine Liturgy and commissioned a church renovation which included icons from award-winning artist, Ken Woo.[10] In 2013, a new pastor replaced Father George Rutler and promptly removed the artwork, causing an outcry across the Catholic and artistic communities, as well as discontinuing the Tridentine Liturgy despite his promise to keep it.[11][12]


  1. ^ a b Dunlap, David W. (2004). From Abyssinian to Zion: A Guide to Manhattan's Houses of Worship. New York: Columbia University Press. p. 170. ISBN 0231125437. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Paul C. Reilly, 94, Architect And a Catholic Lay Leader". The New York Times. September 13, 1984. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  3. ^ Rowland, Stanley Jr. (June 28, 1957). "3 Cornerstones Set by Spellman; Foundling and Misericordia Hospitals and Our Saviour Church Cost $23,400,000". The New York Times. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  4. ^ "Mass Dedicates Park Ave. Church; Spellman Presides at Rite After Blessing Edifice of Our Saviour". The New York Times. September 28, 1959. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  5. ^ Timothy Cardinal Dolan. "Decree of the Merger of the Parish of Our Saviour, New York, NY and the Parish of St. Stephen/Our Lady of the Scapular, New York, NY", November 2, 2014
  6. ^ Morrone, Francis (Winter 1993). "Classical New York". City Journal. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  7. ^ "Restored Brumidi Stations Now Hang At Our Saviour", Catholic New York, March 30, 2016
  8. ^ The Roman Catholic Parish of Our Saviour, St. Stephen and Our Lady of the Scapular, and the Chapel of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary
  9. ^ https://www.crisismagazine.com/author/rutler
  10. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/31/nyregion/thecity/at-a-park-ave-church-a-nice-friendly-face.html
  11. ^ https://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=25629
  12. ^ https://www.nationalreview.com/2015/07/our-saviour-church-icons-george-rutler-tradition/

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Coordinates: 40°44′57.21″N 73°58′45.33″W / 40.7492250°N 73.9792583°W / 40.7492250; -73.9792583