Catholic Apostolic Church

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

417-419 West 57th Street

ARCHITECT: Francis H. Kimball

DATE: 1885-86

STYLE: Terra-cotta

Manhattan Terra-cotta Upper West Side

Designated  2/27/2001

The Catholic Apostolic Church, built in 1885-86, was one of architect Francis H. Kimball’s earliest independent commissions in New York City. Kimball had previously worked mostly in Hartford, Connecticut, where he supervised the construction of the Collegiate Gothic style buildings at Trinity College designed by English architect-theorist William Burges, and where the foremost leaders of the Church were residents and would have known his work.

Kimball was in the forefront of architects in using exterior architectural terra0cotta in New York during this period, and the Catholic Apostolic Church is significant in the history of American terra-cotta. The facade of the church is dominated by a central rose window within a pointed-arched surround, one of the most complex elements yet attempted in terra-cotta in the United States, and  the sculptural ornament also incorporates iconography referring to Apostle-Evangelists and angels.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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