The Church of St. Joseph of the Holy Family is a Roman Catholic parish church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, located at 401 West 125th Street at Morningside Avenue in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. It is the oldest existing church in Harlem and above 44th Street in Manhattan. On June 28, 2016 it was designated a New York City Landmark.Plan your visit to Church of Saint Joseph of the Holy Family and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our New York City trip planning site.
The parish was established in 1859 or 1860 for German Catholics. Although the building has remained in one location, street name changes in Harlem have affected the address. The address listed in 1892 was at 125th Street and the corner of 9th Avenue.
Built before the American Civil War, the Romanesque Revival red brick church was built and dedicated in 1860. It was enlarged in 1871 and altered in 1889 by the Herter Brothers. As part of the alteration, the window over the entrance became a niche for a statue of St. Joseph holding the infant.
The church had a school and convent affiliated with it, which were located in the former Manhattanville Presbyterian Church, a Greek Revival structure directly behind the church. The parish school was among 27 in the Archdiocese of New York closed by Archbishop Dolan on January 11, 2011.
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My niece and I went to attend the mass a hot Sunday in August. We enjoyed the mass and the gospel and the friendliness to welcome strangers to the mass. more »
We attended a marvellous gospel mass. It was a wonderful experience from any point of view: the music, the choir, the prayers, the sermon. We were tourist there but the mass was not for tourists at all and this is the reason I liked it. It's a Catholic Mass so if you are used to it it's easy to follow even in a foreign language.
Absolutely amazing. Father Nolan and the parish community are powerful examples of the principles of Christianity and how Great God is! The choir is magnificent!
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