St. Rose of Lima Church (Manhattan)

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Coordinates: 40°50′16.7″N 73°56′21″W / 40.837972°N 73.93917°W / 40.837972; -73.93917

Church of St. Rose of Lima
St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church.jpg
General information
Architectural styleRomanesque Revival
Town or cityNew York, New York
CountryUnited States
Construction started1902 (for church);[1]
1903 (for rectory);[1]
1924 (for parish school and convent)[1]
CompletedDecember 10, 1905 (for church);[2]
March 19, 1904 (for rectory)[2]
Cost$70,000 (for 1902 church);[1]
$16,000 (for 1903 rectory);[1]
$250,000 (for 1924 parish school);[1]
$75,000 (for 1924 convent)[1]
ClientRoman Catholic Archdiocese of New York
Technical details
Structural systemMasonry brick
Design and construction
ArchitectJoseph H. McGuire (for 1902 church and 1903 rectory);[1]
Robert J. Reiley (for 1924 parish school and convent)[1]
St. Rose of Lima, Manhattan

The Church of St. Rose of Lima is a Roman Catholic parish church in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, located at 510 West 165th Street between Audubon and Amsterdam Avenues in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. The Romanesque Revival church was designed by Joseph H. McGuire[3] and built in 1902-05.

Parish history[edit]

The parish was established in July 1901 by the Most Rev. Michael A. Corrigan, Archbishop of New York.[2] A parish in Manhattan had already been dedicated to St. Rose of Lima in 1868, and another existed in Parkville, Brooklyn. Upon this parish's founding, the now demolished Old St. Rose of Lima's Church on the Lower East Side was simply known as St. Rose's to distinguish itself from this parish.[2]


Corrigan had the double-height brick and stone Romanesque Revival-styke church built in 1902-1905 to designs by architect Joseph H. McGuire for $70,000.[1] Cardinal Farley dedicated the structure on December 10, 1905.[2] Next door, a four-story and basement brick-and-stone rectory was built in 1903-1904 to the designs by the same architect for $16,000.[1] This building was completed and blessed by Msgr. Lavelle, V.G., on March 19, 1904.[2]

The site for the school at 1086 St. Nicholas Avenue at West 164th Street was secured around 1904.[2] A four-story brick parish school was built by the Rt. Rev. P. J. Hayes in 1924-25[4] to designs by architect Robert J. Reiley for $250,000.[1] At the same time,[5] at 511 West 164th Street, a four-story brick convent was built to designs by the same architect for $75,000.[1] Today, the convent is the location of the Centro Altagracia de Fe y Justicia, a Roman Catholic agency dedicated to faith and social justice.[6]


  • Rev. Edward T. McGinley (1901-c.1913), first pastor[2]
  • Rev. Edward J. McCue (c.1913-?), assisted in 1914 by the Revs. D.M. Dyer, Daniel M. Dougherty, and Edward J. Tracy.[2]
  • Rev. Msgr. John R. Mahoney, D.D., third pastor[7]

St. Rose of Lima Parish School[edit]

The parish school (2014)

The earliest parish schools were located at 1090 St. Nicholas Avenue and then at the Triangle Building on West 163rd Street and Amsterdam. On January 5, 1922, the Rev. Msgr. John R. Mahoney announced the building of the first moden parish school, at its current location, 1086 St. Nicholas Avenue on the corner of West 164th Street. The building's cornerstone was set in place on July 13, 1924, and construction complete in 1925. The new school was blessed on November 15, 1925.[7]

The early schools had used nuns from the Ursulines of the Blessed Virgin from the Our Lady of Lourdes parish nearby, but they were unable to provide a sufficient number of teachers, so four nuns from the Sisters of St. Dominic in Sparkill, New York came to New York City at the request of Mahoney.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Office for Metropolitan History, "Manhattan NB Database 1900-1986," (Accessed 25 Dec 2010).
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Lafort, Remigius, 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.370.
  3. ^ 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.243
  4. ^ "1086 St. Nicholas Avenue" on the New York City Geographic Information Services map
  5. ^ "511 West 164th Street" on the New York City Geographic Information Services map
  6. ^ Centro Altagracia de Fe y Justicia website
  7. ^ a b c The History of Saint Rose of Lima School (Retrieved 22 May 2011).

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