Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #51

Saint Jean-Baptiste Roman Catholic Church

Architect: Nicholas Serracino
Style: Baroque Revival
Use: House of Worship
Opened: 1914
Borough: Manhattan

Like Christianity itself, the congregation of this ornate church has come a long way from its origins in a rented stable. Congregant Thomas Fortune Ryan was unable to find a seat one Sunday and asked how much a new church would cost. Not batting an eye at the estimate of $300,000, he said “Draw up your plans and I will pay for the church.” He proceeded to build the streetcars that made it possible for the French Canadian congregation to reach the church. The grand dome and double spires make the church the ideal venue for the Di Capo Opera Company which performs downstairs.

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1 Comment

  1. Kevin Wilkinson

    Good call !

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